On January 27th 2017, Cairo Airport officials prevented lawyer and rights activist from travelling to Jordan following a ban imposed by the prosecutor general. Nagad Borey an Egyptian activist is renowned for his stance against the crackdowns following the January 25th, Revolution in 2011 which ousted former president Mohamed Hosny Mubarak.
According to official sources at the airport the activist who was about to board the plane to Jordan was on the travel ban list by an order issued by a chancellor during one of his hearings.
He was informed of the ban and his luggage was removed off the plane as he was escorted. He was however free to leave the airport. For his part Nagad stated that he was prevented from travelling to attend a seminar denouncing torture in Jordan
He added that he travels monthly to Jordan since he is married there and was shocked to learn from the authorities that he was on the travel ban list. He is facing accusations including obstructing state institutions from performing their work in 2015.
It is worth mentioning though that Egyptian authorities similarly prevented activist Aida Seif Aldawla the director of Nadeem without justification on November 23rd, 2016. Aida was on her way to Tunisia to attend a conference but was prevented from travelling without legal support. It was not the first time for activists to be placed on the list. One activist Ismail Aleskander currently remains held after being prevented from travelling over a year ago.
The measures are a violation to Article 12 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights:
1. Everyone lawfully within the territory of a State shall, within that territory, have the right to liberty of movement and freedom to choose his residence.
2. Everyone shall be free to leave any country, including his own.
3. The above-mentioned rights shall not be subject to any restrictions except those which are provided by law, are necessary to protect national security, public order (ordre public), public health or morals or the rights and freedoms of others, and are consistent with the other rights recognized in the present Covenant.
4. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of the right to enter his own country.
HRM condemns the breaches against civilians as authorities disregard international agreements and covenants. It also denounces the deteriorating state of human rights conditions in the country.
The restrictions are a violation preventing civilian and activists from freely expressing their opinion. HRM calls for an explanation regarding the bans imposed on law abiding civilians.