General: Egypt: Egyptian human rights lawyer added to the list of those banned from travel

18.11.16

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) expresses its solidarity with Egyptian human rights defenders who are banned from travel and persecuted because of their defense of human rights. On 15 November 2016, human rights lawyer Ahmed Ragheb was banned from leaving Egypt to fly to Morocco for the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) of the United Nations Climate Change Conference.

Ragheb, founder of the National Community for Human Rights and Law (NCHRL), was informed of the travel ban by officials at Cairo airport.

Ragheb is a close friend of GCHR and worked to get a travel ban overturned against GCHR Founding Director Nabeel Rajab, a Bahraini human rights defender who was prevented from entering Egypt in 2012 and deported from the airport. Ragheb used his own money and donated his time to successfully get a judgment at the Administrative Court on 28 July 2016 to remove Rajab from the list of people banned from entering Egypt.

GCHR expresses solidarity with Ahmed Ragheb and all Egyptian human rights defenders from Egyptian partner NGOs who have been brought to court and are banned from travel, including staff from the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), El Nadeem Centre for Management and Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence and Nazra for Feminist Studies.

The GCHR calls on the government in Egypt to:

  1. Immediately revoke arbitrary measures such as the travel ban on Ahmed Ragheb and other human rights defenders; and
  2. Guarantee in all circumstances that all human rights defenders in Egypt are able to freely carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and free of all restrictions including judicial harassment. 

Photo credit: Ahmed Ragheb’s Facebook