Shaath’s detention came amid an ongoing crackdown on political dissent under Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

Egyptian authorities released Egyptian-Palestinian rights activist Ramy Shaath from more than 900 days of detention after forcing him to renounce his Egyptian nationality.

A family statement said on Saturday that Shaath – a member of several secular political groups in Egypt and co-founder of Egypt’s pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement – was released Thursday evening and handed over to a representative of the. Palestinian Authority in Cairo before being airlifted to Jordan.

He is now on his way to France, he added.

Shaath’s French wife Céline Lebrun Shaath, who was expelled from Egypt after his arrest, had pressured the French government to pressure Egypt to release him.

There was no immediate comment from Egyptian authorities on his release.

“While we are happy that the Egyptian authorities have heard our call for freedom, we regret that they forced Ramy to renounce his Egyptian citizenship as a condition precedent to his release which should have been unconditional,” the family statement said. .


Shaath was arrested in Egypt in June 2019 and remanded in custody alongside other activists accused of aiding a “terrorist” group.

His detention came amid a continued crackdown on political dissent under Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi who swept aside liberal critics as well as members of the Muslim Brotherhood whose removal el-Sisi led in 2013.

El-Sisi and his supporters said there were no political prisoners in Egypt and that security measures were needed to stabilize the country after a 2011 uprising.

In a statement released last month, several NGOs asked President Emmanuel Macron about Shaath’s fate, a year after the French leader said he raised his case with el-Sisi.

However, at the time, Macron made it clear that human rights would not be a condition of economic and military ties with Cairo.

France announced in May that it would deliver 30 Rafale fighter jets to Egypt from 2024 under a € 4 billion ($ 4.8 billion) deal as it stepped up its military partnership with Cairo.