Travel bans trap Egyptian activists in “giant prison”
- Two prominent human rights advocates—Aida Seif al-Dawla and Azza Soliman—recently discovered they were barred from traveling in and out of Egypt as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi continues targeting civil society and human rights organizations.
- Human rights monitors report that 217 people have been subject to travel bans between 2014 and 2016, 115 of whom are critics of the Sisi-led government.
- Activists and journalists reported being met with deferral or radio silence when inquiring about the cause or origin of their bans, with the government denying a crackdown.
“Egypt is giant prison, activists banned from travel say” (Reuters)
“Egypt imposes travel bans on human rights activists” (The Financial Times)
“A Top Egyptian Human Rights Activist Banned From Travel” (AP via The New York Times)