The Front to Defend Freedoms group, which is comprised of several political parties and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), claimed on Sunday that they were denied entry to the parliament for a scheduled meeting with MP Anwar Sadat, who heads the Human Rights Committee.
The front included representatives from the Egyptian Social Democratic Party (ESDP), Socialist Populist Alliance, Bread and Freedom party, Misr Al-Horreya party, and the Popular Current party.
The front said that security officers outside the House of Representatives banned the visiting delegation from entering on the grounds that they had no permits, according to the local website Al-Bedaiah.
Other media reported that Sadat went out to apologise for not issuing the permits for the delegation members, despite both sides claiming that the meeting had been scheduled five days prior to the delegation’s arrival date.
The Front to Defend Freedoms was launched last February and has been engaged in cases related to freedom of expression, and its members were regularly present at the Press Syndicate during recent sit-ins carried out by journalists.
MP Sadat had denounced the handling by all parties, including parliament, of the conflict between the syndicate and the Ministry of Interior, calling for a balance between law reinforcement and guarantees of freedoms of expression.