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EGYPT | Statement by Ramy Shaath’s family regarding his arrest and detention

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Ramy Shaath is a 48-year old Egyptian-Palestinian politician. He is the son of Dr. Nabil Shaath, former Palestinian Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of International Cooperation, and Acting Prime Minister and currently Advisor for Foreign Affairs to President Mahmoud Abbas.
Ramy was arrested on Friday July 5th at 12:45 AM, from his home in Cairo after at least a dozen heavily armed security agents stormed and searched his residence without presenting any legal document allowing them to do so. During the raid, Ramy repeatedly asked the two officers in civilian clothing leading the raid what was the reason for their presence and whether it meant he was being arrested, yet none of the officers answered or provided any document authorizing their actions. During the raid, the agents seized computers, hard drives and mobile telephones. Ramy’s spouse, a French citizen resident in Egypt for more than 7 years, was present when they arrested him. She was arbitrarily and forcibly deported by these security forces who refused to disclose the reason for this, or to allow her to contact her consulate though she was officially under its protection.

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Born in 1971 in Beirut, Ramy moved back to Cairo with his family in 1977 at the beginning of the Lebanese civil war. He was strongly affected by these events, and has dedicated his entire life to the defense of Palestinian rights and to freedom and justice in the region, based on his belief that human rights should be upheld for all people without distinction. Ramy graduated in 1995 from King’s College, London and received a British Council Chevening scholarship. He served as a political and strategic consultant to former Palestinian President Yasser Arafat. From Cairo, he played an active role in the negotiations for the establishment of an independent Palestinian State ; after the negotiations failed, he withdrew from politics in the late 1990s. Much later, in 2010 as a movement for democracy and social justice was growing in Egypt, Ramy joined the coalition of activists who led the popular uprising that led to the ouster of Egyptian President Mubarak in February 2011. In the following years, he helped co-found a variety of parties, movements and coalitions which played an active role in the country’s democratic transition, including El-Dostour Party for which he acted as Secretary-General before its official establishment. In 2015, he co-founded and became the coordinator of the BDS movement in Egypt, a national coalition launched by more than 10 political parties, student unions, syndicates, NGOs and public figures for the defense of the Palestinian right to self-determination.

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