At least 419 people have been detained in Egypt during protests since the start of the climate summit (COP27) in Sharm el-Sheikh on November 6, a source from the Egyptian Commission on Rights and Freedoms said.
A source from the NGO, who asked not to be named for security reasons, told the Spanish agency EFE that during COP27, which ended early this Sunday morning, Egyptian authorities arrested 419 people, including ten women.
The same source added that the arrests began even before the summit, in early October, and since then, more than 840 people have been arrested across the country, mainly in the Cairo metropolitan area, including a minor under the age of 13.
So far, only four of those arrested have been released, while 798 remain in police custody or in pre-trial detention.
The NGO reported that 38 people were victims of enforced disappearances.
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On November 16, a preventive detention decision was made for 20 people after they were accused of “spreading false news” and “inciting violence” during COP27, charges that Egypt routinely makes against dissidents, activists and critical individuals.
Two months ago, several anonymous calls for demonstrations during COP27 appeared on social media, given the growing dissatisfaction of the Egyptian population with the government and the acute economic crisis that the country is experiencing, marked by inflation and the devaluation of the local currency, which has lost almost half its value since March.
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In response to these calls, Egyptian security forces stopped bystanders in Cairo and other cities in the country to ask for their documents and search their belongings, including mobile phones, for any content or messages critical of President Abdelfatah al-Sisi’s government.
The 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference began on November 6 and concluded this Sunday in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, with over 35,000 participants, including leaders from several 300 topics.