Egypt frees activist Ramy Shaath after he abandons nationality

Shaath’s detention got here amid a seamless crackdown on political dissent below Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

Egyptian authorities have freed Egyptian-Palestinian rights activist Ramy Shaath from greater than 900 days of detention after forcing him to resign his Egyptian nationality.

A household assertion mentioned on Saturday that Shaath – a member of a number of secular political teams in Egypt and a co-founder of Egypt’s pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) motion – was launched on Thursday night and handed to a consultant of the Palestinian Authority in Cairo earlier than being flown to Jordan.

He is now on his solution to France, it added.

Shaath’s French spouse Celine Lebrun Shaath, who was deported from Egypt following his arrest, had lobbied the French authorities to strain Egypt to launch him.

There was no fast remark from Egyptian authorities on his launch.

“If we are glad that the Egyptian authorities heard our call for freedom, we regret that they forced Ramy to renounce his Egyptian citizenship as a precondition for his release that should have been unconditional,” the household assertion mentioned.


Shaath was arrested in Egypt in June 2019 and held in pre-trial detention alongside different activists on accusations of aiding a “terrorist” group.

His detention got here amid a seamless crackdown on political dissent below Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi that has swept up liberal critics in addition to the Muslim Brotherhood members whose elimination el-Sisi led in 2013.

El-Sisi and his supporters have mentioned there are no political prisoners in Egypt, and safety measures had been essential to stabilise the nation after a 2011 rebellion.

In a press release final month, a number of NGOs questioned President Emmanuel Macron on the destiny of Shaath, a yr after the French chief mentioned he had introduced up his case with el-Sisi.

However, on the time Macron made it clear that human rights wouldn’t be a situation for financial and navy ties with Cairo.

France mentioned in May it will ship 30 Rafale warplanes to Egypt from 2024 in a Four billion euro ($4.8bn) deal because it strengthened its navy partnership with Cairo.


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