Shaath’s family revealed Wednesday that Egyptian security forces seized the campaigner in a dawn raid on his Cairo home on 5 July.
He is accused of having ties to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. There is no indication his arrest is related to his role in BDS Egypt.
BDS Egypt said that authorities have presented “no legal reasons or evidence to justify his detention until now.”
In calling for Shaath’s release, BDS Egypt warns against the circulation of false rumors and smears against him.
According to BDS Egypt, Shaath, 48, was arrested by state security as part of the so-called “Hope” case, in which many journalists and politicians have been detained supposedly for assisting a “terrorist” organization.
The “Hope” arrests, beginning in late June, targeted alleged supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, the party of President Muhammad Morsi.
Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Morsi died in detention in June, six years after being ousted in a military coup.
“The latest wave of arrests targeting critics, opposition leaders, activists and journalists under the guise of counterterrorism is part of the Egyptian authorities’ systematic persecution and brutal crackdown on anyone who dares to criticize them,” Magdalena Mughrabi of Amnesty International said following the first wave of “Hope” detentions.
According to BDS Egypt, which supports the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign for Palestinian rights, Shaath’s family chose not to immediately publicize his detention, hoping to find legal and diplomatic routes to his release.
Rami is a cofounder of BDS Egypt, which mounts campaigns against Egyptian normalization with Israel and in support of the Palestinian boycott call.
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