Egypt women’s rights defender arrested

egypt-womens-rights-defenderFrom AHMED MOOLA in Cairo, Egypt
CAIRO, (CAJ News) – THE arrest of a prominent women’s rights advocate is the latest in a series of a crackdown on human rights group by Egyptian authorities.
Azza Soliman, the founder of the Centre for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance, has been arrested for an offence police had not specified.
“We believe she has been arrested for her legitimate human rights work and must be released immediately and unconditionally,” said Najia Bounaim, Deputy Director for Campaigns at Amnesty International’s Tunis Regional office.
Bounaim added, “The intimidation and harassment of human rights activists has to stop.”
Three weeks ago, authorities froze Soliman’s personal and organizational assets, without a court hearing.
Recently, she was prevented from travelling to Jordan for a training session on women’s rights in Islam.
Along with several other Egyptian human rights defenders, she is already subject to an arbitrary travel ban and an asset freeze.
Soliman was also among 17 witnesses arrested after giving evidence about the killing of an activist during a peaceful march last year.

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