Egyptian police help Bahrain dictatorship

This video is called Inside Story Americas – Interview with Maryam al-Khawaja.

From al-Ahram daily in Egypt:

Bahraini rights activist Al-Khawaja banned from entering Egypt

Airport authorities ban Bahrain‘s Mariam Al-Khawaja from entering

Egypt; Prominent rights activist to be deported to Copenhagen on Sunday evening

Sunday 26 Aug 2012

Bahraini rights activist Mariam Al-Khawaja on Sunday was banned from entering Egypt after arriving at Cairo International Airport, where authorities have informed her that she is to be deported.

Security sources at the airport told Egyptian state news agency MENA that Al-Khawaja’s name had been put on the airport’s entrance-ban list by Egyptian security authorities.

The activist is expected to be deported to Copenhagen, Denmark on Sunday evening.

Al-Khawaja is a prominent Bahraini human rights activist and head of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR)’s foreign relations office. The BCHR was originally founded by her father, Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, who is currently serving a life sentence in Bahrain for so-called crimes against the state.

Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja’s case drew international attention in February of this year when he launched a hunger strike to protest his ongoing detention.

During a previous visit to Egypt in April, Mariam had come close to being deported, but Cairo airport security had ended up allowing her entry into the country at the last minute.

See also here.

It seems that among police in Egypt, there are stil too many leftovers from the Mubarak dictatorship.

On August 22 the Egyptian government officially requested a $4.8 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund: here.

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7 thoughts on “Egyptian police help Bahrain dictatorship

  1. This brave woman deserves better, but economics trump human rights for the so-called developed nations. If is compared to how Syrian or Iranian issues are covered by the western media it is obvious there is a no fairness or commitment to universal human rights – just the old support for crony regimes useful to the elites. Thanks for sharing and illuminating.


  2. Egypt bars entry to Bahraini dissident

    CAIRO | Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:43am EDT

    (Reuters) – A leading Bahraini opposition activist said she had been refused entry to Egypt at Cairo airport on Sunday, accusing Arab governments of continuing repressive security cooperation despite political change in the region.

    Maryam al-Khawaja, the Denmark-based international spokesperson for the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, said she had hoped to enter Egypt for a few hours to see friends on a stopover while flying to South Africa.

    She said officials at Cairo airport first stamped her passport but then cancelled her visa after realizing she was a Bahraini activist. “They said I wouldn’t be allowed in but wouldn’t tell me why,” she said by telephone shortly before flying out of Cairo on Sunday evening.

    An Egyptian airport official and a security source, who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue, said Khawaja’s name was on a list of people to be denied entry at the airport.

    “The ban is based on a memorandum from the national security authorities,” the security source said.

    Khawaja, who has Danish nationality, left Bahrain in March last year during an uprising for democratic reforms that was put down by the Sunni ruling Al Khalifa family. Street protests led by majority Shi’ites, in part inspired by last year’s democratic revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia, continue in Bahrain.

    Before the revolutions, Arab governments often cooperated to monitor and restrict the movements of opposition politicians. Khawaja’s case suggested at least some of that cooperation continues even with newly democratic governments.

    “We’ve been having problems with Bahraini activists getting into Egypt for years. We thought with the revolution it would change, but it hasn’t,” Khawaja said.

    She said she had been able to enter Egypt several times since the ouster of dictator Hosni Mubarak in February 2011, but Egyptian security officials only allowed her entry earlier this year after intervention from her lawyer.

    A vocal critic of Bahrain’s government, Khawaja is the daughter of rights activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, one of 14 men in jail for leading last year’s uprising.

    (Reporting by Andrew Hammond in Dubai and Tamim Elyan in Cairo; Editing by Andrew Torchia and Myra MacDonald)


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