Majalat
Egypt
Good governance and rule of law

The activist and figure of the Egyptian revolution of 2011, Ramy Shaath, was released on 4 January after more than two years of detention for “disturbing the state.”

Also charged with “disseminating false information and undermining the country’s security” and “belonging to a terrorist group,” Ramy Shaath was a fervent opponent of the Muslim Brotherhood regime and that of current President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi.

The son of Palestinian statesman Nabil Shaath, he is also at the origin of the “Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions” movement against Israel in Egypt.

On 4 June, 182 French elected representatives published an open letter addressed to the Egyptian President for the release of Ramy Shaath who was incarcerated in poor conditions despite his chronic illnesses which require regular medical attention.

Several national and international NGOs estimate that there are 60,000 prisoners of conscience in Egypt. The United States considers that the country violates human rights in all areas and has consequently frozen 10% of its aid.