21 January 2013

Tunisia: A Journalist Was Banned From Entry to Nation As He Opposes the Religious Regime There

press release

Cairo — The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), today, expresses its resentment to the authorities of banning the Egyptian journalist and the activist Mahmoud Abdulrahim from entry in addition to the intransigences of the officials of the Tunisian Consulate in Egypt to this limit which reached the assault.

The authorities intransigences in granting the visas to enter its territories to the journalist and the Egyptian activist "Mahmoud Abdulrahim" the general coordinator of the popular committee of the Egyptian constitution which sought to obtain it for a month, amid the bureaucratic and complicated procedures. In addition to the arbitrariness during finishing the procedures until it reached that an official in the Consulate assaulted him as they told him after that he can't obtain the visa because he cause a lot of problems and the reasons of visit is not clear.

It is worthy to note that, the reason of the ban from entry comes to the writings of Abdulrahim which are against the Islamic rule in the Arab spring. He criticized always the situations in Tunisia in addition to his opinions related to the inhuman treatment that the Egyptian received in the Tunisian Consulate in Cairo.

ANHRI said that "the intransigence of granting the Egyptian activist his right to entry, asserting the persistence of the security mind in the managing the country and considering the political opponent always dangerous to security. In addition to it deems to be a violation to the right to move and restricting the freedom of expression through punishing who exercises in a disturbing way to the regime".

ANHRI values the journalist sought in sending a protest memo to Moncef Marzouki, the Tunisian President, Hamadi Jebali, the Prime Minister and Rafik Abdul Salam, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, as well as his notification to the Egyptian foreign minister, Arab League and a number of organizations working in the field of human rights and freedom of opinion and expression to such human rights violations and the targeting that affects the Egyptians in general and the opinion-maker and thought in particular.

ANHRI emphasizes its full solidarity with the activist calling Tunisia to give formal apology and to hold consular staff in Cairo into account.

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