Egyptian human rights official banned from travel

July 15, 2016

Nasser Amin, a prominent human rights lawyer at the state-backed National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) said on Thursday that he was turned back at the airport as he headed to Beirut.

“I was banned from travel at the Cairo International Airport as I was heading to Beirut to participate in a conference on legal work,” Amin wrote on his official Twitter account.

Airport authorities told Nasser that he is blacklisted over a court case linked to receiving illegal foreign funds and ordered his luggage to be removed from the Cairo-Beirut flight. Nasser said on Friday that he will challenge the travel ban in courts because it is against his constitutional rights.

Many Egyptian rights lawyers and activists have been banned from traveling, as part of the heavy-handed security measures imposed by the government of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

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