15 January 2014

Egypt: ANHRI Decries the Travel Ban Imposed On Poet "Abdel Rahman Yusuf"

press release

Cairo: — The Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), today, denounced the travel ban imposed, by Egyptian security bodies, on Abdel Rahman Yusuf- poet and member of Writers' Union of Egypt- without mentioning any reasons.

Yusuf was on his way to New York to hold several seminars in different US states; the matter that has previously been announced. He was surprised that the airport security services inform him that his name on the travel ban list. Yusuf had been waiting for half an hour to take back his luggage, and then he left the airport.

The reasons and motives that led authorities to put his name on the travel ban list haven't been declared so far, particularly he hasn't been summoned for investigations by Public Prosecution. This refers to the reinstatement of the repressive state security body's practices, which pursues activists and tighten the noose on them.

The Egyptian poet, on Wednesday morning, filed a lawsuit No. 24867/68 (rights and freedoms) before the State Council to overturn the authorities' arbitrary decision of his travel ban.

ANHRI mentioned that poet "Abdel Rahman Yusuf" is one of the activists who have been subjected to violation of his personal inviolability as well as defamation by broadcaster Abdel Reheem Ali who published private recordings for some leaders of 25 January Revolution in order to morally assassinate them. Yusuf has filed a complaint to the Attorney General to investigate the matter. No procedures, however, have been taken yet.

ANHRI said, "Targeting poet "Abdel Rahman Yusuf" came due to his critical opinions for the new Egyptian authorities. It is an episode of the security restriction series on opinion makers, which Egypt is witnessing at the current time; leading to a serious decline in the file of freedom of expression in Egypt and a setback on the gains that Egyptian people acquired in their revolution, during its different waves."

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