An Egyptian parliamentarian has called for the “execution” of social media activists who criticise the state.
In the past week, the parliament launched a campaign against two renowned press and media workers. First, parliamentary speaker Ali Abdul Aal slammed Egypt’s long-established Al-Ahram institution, sparking angry reactions from its chairperson and journalists. Second, Abdul Aal brought famous journalist Ibrahim Eissa to be investigated by the prosecution.
The parliamentary Constitutional and Legislation Affairs Committee postponed on Monday discussions on the amendment of the Judicial Authority Law, in response to a request by the undersecretary of the committee, Ahmed El-Sherif.
Egypt’s Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) rejected a bill, with the consensus of its seven members, that would give the Egyptian president the power to appoint the heads of Egypt’s judiciary committees.
A citizen’s right to protest her government peacefully, a core democratic freedom, is severely restricted in most Arab countries, and Egypt is no exception. Egyptian authorities over many decades have relied upon one law in particular to suppress popular protest.
A proposed constitutional amendment that would extend the Egyptian presidential term has sparked controversy in political corridors and parliament as some lawmakers question its true intent.
In a statement to commemorate International Women’s Day, head of the Egyptian Revolutionary Council (ERC), Dr Maha Azzam, said Egyptian women have been at the forefront of the Egyptian revolution, despite the threat of arbitrary arrest, torture, rape and disappearance.
The Human Rights Committee of the Egyptian Parliament announced on Sunday its rejection of the calls of international and local rights organizations demanding the abolition of death penalty in Egypt.
A two-thirds majority of Egyptian lawmakers on Monday voted to strip a prominent MP of membership over accusations of leaking information concerning domestic conditions to international institutions.
An Egyptian lawmaker is collecting signatures for a petition to extend the terms of Egypt’s president and lift restrictions on re-election, a year before President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi‘s first term is due to expire.