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Bahraini rights activist Al-Khawaja banned from entering Egypt
Airport authorities ban Bahrain's Mariam Al-Khawaja from entering Egypt; Prominent rights activist to be deported to Copenhagen on Sunday evening
Ahram Online, Sunday 26 Aug 2012
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Maryam Khawaja
Maryam Al-Khawaja, (Photo: Bahrain Center for Human Rights).

 Bahraini rights activist Mariam Al-Khawaja on Sunday was banned from entering Egypt after arriving at Cairo International Airport, where authorities have informed her that she is to be deported.

Security sources at the airport told Egyptian state news agency MENA that Al-Khawaja's name had been put on the airport's entrance-ban list by Egyptian security authorities.

The activist is expected to be deported to Copenhagen, Denmark on Sunday evening.

Al-Khawaja is a prominent Bahraini human rights activist and head of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR)'s foreign relations office. The BCHR was originally founded by her father, Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, who is currently serving a life sentence in Bahrain for so-called crimes against the state.

Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja's case drew international attention in February of this year when he launched a hunger strike to protest his ongoing detention.

During a previous visit to Egypt in April, Mariam had come close to being deported, but Cairo airport security had ended up allowing her entry into the country at the last minute.





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AmericanMuse
27-08-2012 06:21pm
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Dictators!
Is Egypt shamelessly toadying up to the despots of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain? Why deny entry to the brave Ms. Al-Khawaja?
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Jon
27-08-2012 01:04pm
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What is the reason given?
Al Ahram could help its readers understand the background for expelling Mariam Al-Khawaja. What is the reason given by the autorities? As far as I know, Mariam Al-Khawaja wants Bahrain to take the same path as have put the present government in place in Egypt - to remove the dictators and hold free election.
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Free Lady
27-08-2012 12:33pm
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Scared of a Woman?
Are we scared of a woman in our country? Or is it petro dollars influence? Egypt have to come out of sectarian circle if we want to play a role in ME and world on the whole. Only narrow minded coward who are scared of other sects. We are proud of our heritage, culture and religion. Why should we scared of Iran or others?
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eVON sALEEB
26-08-2012 09:37pm
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Iran's Agents
The commotion in Bahrain is fueled by Iran. It is for freedom but for obression. Please do not allow Iran to "creep" on Gulf States.
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