Egypt human rights defenders grounded

Egypt human rights defenders

Egypt human rights defenders

from AHMED MOOLA in Cairo, Egypt
CAIRO, (CAJ News) – EGYPT is intensifying the use of travel bans on human rights defenders, as part of a government crackdown against civil society.

A United Nations special rapporteur disclosed more than 15 rights activists are barred from travelling abroad in 2016.

Restrictions are often based on investigations relating to a controversial foreign funding case.

The case led to leaders and staff of 37 rights groups charged with receiving ‘illegal foreign funding’ and ‘working without permission’.

Despite reassurances by government, there are a series of procedural concerns.

Activists were not notified of the bans before they attempted to travel, and were often not told the legal basis or how to appeal, resulting in their inability to lodge challenges.

Mozn Hassan, a prominent women’s rights defender has been hindered from travelling to Sweden today (Friday) to receive an award.

Another defender, Azza Soliman, was prevented from travelling to a training in Jordan last Saturday while Ahmed Ragheb, was not permitted to fly to Morocco for a UN climate change conference.

UN special rapporteur, Michel Forst, advised government to repeal existing bans and refrain from imposing further restrictions against human rights defenders.

– CAJ News

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