The Middle East Studies Association is calling on the Egyptian government to lift a travel ban and other restrictions on a University of Washington graduate student. Walid Khalil el-Sayed Salem was arrested in May 2018 while conducting research for a dissertation focused on the Egyptian judiciary. He has since been released from custody but he has not been permitted to leave the country, although he has not been formally charged with a crime. The prohibitions have disrupted Salem's academic work and have prevented him from seeing his 11-year-old daughter, the association's Committee on Academic Freedom notes.
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