Feminist human rights activist Mozn Hassan banned from travel

Ahram Online , Monday 27 Jun 2016

Hassan was traveling to Beirut to attend a Women Human Rights Defenders Regional Coalition meeting

Feminist activist and human rights advocate Mozn Hassan was banned from travel by Cairo International Airport authorities Monday before she was set to travel to Beirut, according to a press release by Nazra for Feminist Studies.

Hassan, Nazra's founder and executive director, was set to participate as a regional expert in the Executive Committee meeting for the Women Human Rights Defenders Regional Coalition for the Middle East and North Africa which is currently being held in Beirut.

"The travel ban of Mozn Hassan comes within the context of Case No. 173 for the year 2011, commonly known as the NGO [non-governmental organisation] Foreign Funding Case, that was reopened a few months ago to pursue its investigations," Nazra's press release read.

The NGO Foreign Funding Case was opened in 2011 when the Egyptian Ministry of Justice accused several NGOs of illegally receiving funds from foreign governments and institutions.

The case was reopened again in March, and Hassan was summoned to appear before the investigative judge on 29 March.

"Nazra for Feminist Studies condemns this move against its Executive Director, and the inclusion of the Association in the Case No. 173 for the year 2011, which comes within the context of steps taken by the Egyptian government for a long time, and which escalated in the recent few months to close public space for civil society organizations," Nazra said.

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