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Standing up for Mozn Hassan

Stop targeting and harassing Mozn Hassan

On 27 June 2016, the General Prosecutor ordered a travel ban against Mozn Hassan, in relation to the case commonly known as “the NGO Foreign Funding Case”. In 2011 the Egyptian government began to look into the foreign funding and registration of civil society organisations under Law 84, a draconian law which imposes unduly restrictions on civil society operations. Travel bans are routinely invoked by the government to suppress dissenting voices and attempt to silence the women’s rights movement in Egypt, amongst others.

Sign this petition, launched by Nazra for Feminist Studies, to ask the Egyptian government to stop the targeting and harassment of Mozn Hassan and all others due to their legitimate and peaceful human rights advocacy.

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About Mozn Hassan

Mozn Hassan Petition

Mozn Hassan is an Egyptian human rights defender and the Executive Director of Nazra for Feminist Studies, a group that aims to build an Egyptian feminist movement and supports women human rights defenders through legal and psychological interventions. Mozn has extensively worked on numerous feminist issues in Egypt and the Middle East since 2001 including violence against women in the public space.

Meet Mozn Hassan

Bahrain Protest Context
advocacy meeting in brussels
11 اُکتُبر 2016
By Emma Achilli

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North Dakota protest. Credit: Front Line Defenders
Ladonna Bravebull Alard
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22 فِورِیه 2016

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31 مارس 2015

In April 2015 Front Line Defenders and Verso Books published La Lucha: The Story of Lucha Castro and Human Rights in Mexico - the first book in a series of nonfiction graphic novels. La Lucha features the real life stories of women human rights defenders (WHRDs) in northern Mexico who confront lethal challenges in order to promote human rights, justice and accountability.