Target: Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, President of Egypt
Goal: Lift a travel ban on a the leader of a feminist non-governmental organization (NGO) and prevent the further harassment of NGO leaders.
The leader of a feminist NGO has been banned from leaving Egypt. She is one of several NGO leaders that have been banned from leaving the country. Sign our petition to demand that Egypt end its campaign against human rights workers and NGOs.
Mozn Hassan, the founder of Nazra for Feminist Studies, was on her way to a regional women’s rights conference in Beirut when she was stopped at the airport by passport control officers. She was told that she had been barred from departing due to an order from the Prosecutor General, who was carrying out a request from a judge investigating Hassan’s NGO. She was not shown a copy of the order and was given no further information. Hassan was then sent to the National Security Agency, but was not interrogated after she requested a lawyer. She was allowed to go and her passport was returned to her.
Egypt has been investigating a number of NGOs for “working without official registration or accepting foreign funding without government authorization,” Human Rights Watch reports. Under recently-passed laws, the latter charge could result in up to 35 years of prison time.
The travel ban on Mozn Hassan is a clear attempt to intimidate her and curtail the activities of her NGO. Sign the petition and demand that the travel ban on Mozn Hassan be lifted and that she and other activists be allowed to carry out their work undisturbed.
Dear President El-Sisi,
I am writing to urge that the travel ban on Mozn Hassan be lifted immediately. I believe she is being targeted solely as a result of her political beliefs and her affiliation with her non-governmental organization Nazra for Feminist Studies.
Hassan was traveling to Beirut to participate in a regional women’s rights conference when she was stopped by passport control officers who informed her that she was subject to a travel ban issued by the Prosecutor General. The prosecutor was apparently acting on orders from a judge who was investigating Nazra for Feminist Studies. Hassan was not shown a copy of this order. She was referred to the National Security Agency, but was not interrogated after she requested her lawyer’s presence. Her passport was returned to her before she left the NSA.
This travel ban and the investigation from which it stems are clearly attempts to intimidate Mozn Hassan because of her human rights work with Nazra for Feminist Studies. I urge you to end this campaign of harassment and lift the travel ban on Hassan immediately.
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