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Egypt: Journalist and Human Rights Activist Released from Military Detention

(Nov. 16, 2015) On November 10, 2015, the Office of the Military Prosecution issued a temporary release for Hossam Bahgat, a journalist and human rights activist, who had been in detention for two days. Before his release, Bahgat had to sign a document stating that he must abide by all legal and security procedures when […]

Egypt: Prison Sentence for Posting a Mocking Image of the President on Facebook

(Oct. 22, 2015) On October 10, 2015, Amr Nohan, a 23-year-old man serving in the army, was sentenced by a military court to three years of imprisonment for posting on his personal Facebook page a picture of President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi with Mickey Mouse ears. Human rights activists showed their opposition to the military court […]

Egypt: Council of Ministers Says Evictions in Sinai Comply with International Law

(Oct. 14, 2015) On September 22, 2015, the Council of Ministers of Egypt issued a statement saying that a decision taken by the military to forcibly evict hundreds of families on the Gaza-Egyptian border had adhered to the principles of the World Conference on Human Rights of 1993. The conference, which took place in Vienna […]

Tunisia: Parliament Passes Anti-Terrorism Law

(Aug. 18, 2015) On August 7, 2015, the Tunisian Parliament passed Law 26 of 2015 on combating terrorism and money laundering. The Law was approved by a large majority: 174 of the 217 members of the Parliament voted in favor of it. The Law replaces a 2003 law on the subject and was passed in […]

Egypt: Ministerial Resolution Grants County Chiefs Authority to Arrest and Detain

(Aug. 18, 2015) On August 12, 2015, the Minister of Justice issued a statement announcing that he has granted the county chiefs across Egypt the legal right to arrest and detain individuals suspected of damaging public or private property or violating construction codes. (Press Release, Ministry of Justice, The Minister Grants Right of Judicial Arrest […]

Egypt: Decree Enhancing President’s Powers Challenged Before Constitutional Court

(July 30, 2015) On July 27, 2015, lawyers representing the Egyptian Central Auditing Organization, a government body legally assigned to audit the budget, public funds, and expenses of other government agencies, including the office of the presidency, filed a lawsuit before the Supreme Constitutional Court challenging the constitutionality of a decree issued by President Abdel […]

Egypt: Court Dismisses Petition to Dissolve Religious Party

(July 8, 2015) On July 5, 2015, the Parties Court, which has recently been formed within the Supreme Administrative Court, dismissed a petition to dissolve the Al Nour Party because of its religious basis. (Mahmoud Mostafa, Court Rejects Al Nour Party’s Dissolution, DAILY NEWS (July 5, 2015).) A petition submitted to the Court by one […]

Egypt: Cairo Court of Appeal Sentences Former President Morsi to Death

(June 18, 2015) On June 16, 2015, the Criminal Chamber of the Cairo Court of Appeal found former President Mohamed Morsi guilty of a prison break for escaping from Wadi al-Natron prison on January 28, 2011. (Mahmoud Mourad & Omar Fahmy, Egypt Court Hands Morsi Death Sentence in Blow to Muslim Brotherhood, REUTERS (June 16, […]

Egypt: Court Sentences TV Show Host to Five Years of Imprisonment

(June 4, 2015) On May 31, 2015, an Egyptian court of first instance found television show host Islam El-Beheiry guilty of insulting the religion of Islam under article 98(f) of the Penal Code. Article 98(f) provides that confinement for a period of not less than six months and not exceeding five years or a fine […]

Egypt: State Litigation Authority Rejects Request to Suspend a TV Show

(May 22, 2015) On May 19, 2015, Egypt’s State Litigation Authority rejected a petition submitted by Al Azhar (the main religious institution in Egypt) to suspend a television program. The petition accused the show’s host of deliberately criticizing religious symbols and influencing Muslims to doubt their beliefs. (A Memo of the State Litigation Authority Rejects […]