Egypt bars fe­male ac­tivist from trav­el­ling to rights meet­ing

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

CAIRO— Egypt has banned a prom­i­nent fe­male ac­tivist from trav­el­ling to a hu­man rights meet­ing in Beirut, the lat­est step in a crack­down on free speech and dis­sent.

The group founded by Mozn Has­san, Nazra for Fem­i­nist Stud­ies, says in a state­ment that Cairo air­port au­thor­i­ties at pass­port con­trol banned her from leav­ing the country Mon­day morning.

She had planned to at­tend a meet­ing in Beirut of the Women Hu­man Rights De­fend­ers (WHRD) Re­gional Coali­tion for the Mid­dle East and North Africa.

Nazra said the case was linked to an in­ten­si­fied crack­down on non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions. Egypt ear­lier this year re­opened a 2011 crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a num­ber of NGOs — in­clud­ing Nazra and other rights groups — on sus­pi­cion of il­le­gally tak­ing for­eign funds and aim­ing to “harm na­tional se­cu­rity.”—AP

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