Tunisia: Authorities must lift travel ban on Mohamed Abbou
The Tunisian authorities must immediately lift the unwarranted travel ban on human rights defender and former prisoner of conscience, Mohamed Abbou, who has been denied permission to leave the country today, for the seventh time since his release from prison in July 2007, Amnesty International said. This is the second time this week as he had already been prevented from boarding a flight to the Netherlands to attend meetings with Amnesty International.
“Mohamed Abbou is being held hostage in his own country in what seems to be a concerted campaign by the authorities to punish him for his human rights work,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Deputy Director of the Middle East and
Since his release from prison in July 2007 after serving 28 months of his three and a half year sentence, Abbou has been repeatedly prevented from leaving Tunisia on various occasions, on account of the “conditional” nature of his release. Although he has been released early, his prison term would not have lasted beyond September 2008.
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