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Egypt: Further Information: Political Activist Arbitrarily Detained: Ramy Shaath

, Index number: MDE 12/2637/2020

In May 2020, the authorities allowed Céline Lebrun Shaath, wife of prisoner of conscience and activist Ramy Shaath, to call him for the first time since his arrest. Ramy has been behind bars for a year pending investigations into accusations of “aiding a terrorist group in achieving its goals”, stemming solely from his peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression and his right to participate in public affairs. On 18 April 2020, the Cairo Criminal Court had decided to arbitrarily put him on Egypt’s “terrorist list” for a period of five years.

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