Mosaad Abu Fajr

Mosaad Abu Fajr

Location: El Arish, Egypt
31° 7' 37.3656" N, 33° 48' 10.6488" E
Status: Released
Arrested between 26 Dec 2007 and 13 Jul 2010

Fajr, a Sinai activist and novelist has a blog called Wedna Ne3eesh (We Want to Live), where he writes about the demands and life of the Bedouins of Sinai, as well as the citizenship rights they seek.

from Pen: Novelist and Internet writer Mosaad Abu-Fajr has been detained without charge since 26 December 2007 for his peaceful activism in support of the Bedouins of the Sinai Peninsula, his own native people, who are said to be ill-treated by the Egyptian authorities in Northern Sinai. The area borders the Gaza Strip, where the political climate is extremely volatile, and the risk of terrorist attack is high. Mosaad Abu-Fajr was previously briefly detained in September 2007.

Mosaad Abu-Fajr has reportedly published one novel, Talit el-Badan, the name of a mountain in Sinai province. He is also the editor of the web site Wedna N'ish' (We Want To Live), which he founded as a mouth-piece for Sinai Bedouins. He is said to remain detained without charge or trial in spite of repeated court rulings ordering his release. In November 2008 it was reported that his health had sharply deteriorated as a result of a hunger strike, and in early December 2008 he is said to have been moved from Borg Al Arab Prison, possibly in preparation for his release. His whereabouts are currently unknown and concerns for his well-being are mounting.

On July 13th 2010, after spending almost three years in jail, blogger Mosaad Abu Fajr has been released.

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