Alaa Abd el-Fattah is arguably the most high-profile political prisoner in Egypt, if not the Arab world, rising to international prominence during the revolution of 2011. A fiercely independent thinker, writer and activist, he has spent most of the last decade in prison, and is now in a critical condition.
He began an open ended hunger strike on April 2nd, following two and half years of being held unjustly with no access to books, a radio, sunshine or exercise. Amongst his key demands is to be granted his right as a British citizen to receive a consular visit - thus far denied.
Speaking with Andrew Marr for the first time together in the UK will be Mona and Sanaa Seif, Alaa's sisters - both prominent activists themselves, and part of a family considered cornerstones of the struggle for human rights in Egypt. Held in partnership with Amnesty International UK, and English PEN, this is an urgent event.
You Have Not Yet Been Defeated a collection of Alaa's essays, social media posts and interviews from 2011 was published in 2021, with a foreword by Naomi Klein. The book presents not only a unique account from the frontline of a decade of global upheaval, but a catalogue of ideas about other futures those upheavals could yet reveal.