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Lynn Boylan MEP condemns treatment of Human Rights Activist Mozn Hassan by Egyptian Authorities

19 June, 2018 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin Dublin MEP has reacted to the news that Egyptian feminist and human rights activist Mozn Hassan, who founded the organisation Nazra for Feminist Studies, has been summoned by an investigative judge to appear in front of him this Wednesday in a NGO foreign funding case.

The Dublin MEP was part of a delegation which travelled to Egypt in 2017 to present Ms. Hassan the prestigious ‘Right Livelihood Award’, widely known as the 'Alternative Nobel Prize.

Speaking today, Ms. Boylan said:

“Like many activists in their struggles, Mozn has been directly targeted by the Egyptian State and lives under the constant threat of persecution and imprisonment. The investigation was launched by the Egyptian authorities as part of its ongoing crackdown on civil society.

“Mozn was also summoned for investigation in March 2016 but the interrogation was postponed indefinitely. In June 2016 she was banned from travelling, and in January 2017 her assets and those of Nazra for Feminist Studies as an association were frozen on the background of the same case."

Ms. Boylan continued:

“Hassan and Nazra have mentored female candidates for parliamentary, municipal and student union elections across Egypt’s political spectrum through their Women’s Political Participation Academy, and mentored many young feminists to build their own initiatives.

“Hassan's situation is more worrying if we take into consideration the generally repressive environment in Egypt under President Sisi.  Civic society and all dissenting voices are being shut down. "

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