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Egypt: Repeal of Maritime Demarcation Agreement with Saudi Arabia

(June 23, 2016) On June 21, 2016, the Egyptian Administrative Court rendered a decision nullifying the recent maritime agreement reached between Saudi Arabia and Egypt.  The agreement, which was drawn up in April 2016, allowed the ceding of the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia.  The Saudi Shura Council and the Egyptian […]

Egypt: Female Writer Sentenced to Three Years’ Imprisonment for Insulting Islam

(Apr. 5, 2016) On March 31, 2016, the Cairo Court of Appeals upheld the finding of a court of first instance that Fatima Naout, an Egyptian writer and thinker, was guilty of the crime of insulting religion under article 98(f) of the country’s Penal Code. (The Court Upheld the Imprisonment Decision of Egyptian Writer Fatima […]

Egypt: Uber Drivers to Be Arrested for Violating the Traffic Law

(Mar. 17, 2016) On March 8, 2016, the head of the Cairo traffic police, Major General Alaa el-Degwy, announced that traffic police will begin a campaign to arrest and detain all Uber drivers. The announcement came after taxi drivers blocked major Cairo streets to protest the presence of Uber in the city. This was not […]

Egypt: Military Court Sentences Toddler to Life Imprisonment by Mistake

(Mar. 2, 2016) In February 2016, the West Cairo Military Court in Egypt found Ahmed Mansour Qorani, who is just three years of age, guilty of the felonies of murder, carrying guns and firebombs, blocking a road with burning tires, and trying to damage government buildings. Accordingly, the court sentenced him to life imprisonment. (Nour […]

Egypt: Ministerial Resolution Regulating the Marriage of Egyptian Women to Foreigners

(Feb. 11, 2016) In December 2015, the Egyptian Minister of Justice issued Ministerial Regulation No. 9200 of 2015 to regulate the registration process for marriage contracts between Egyptian women and foreign men. The new Regulation relates to Law No. 103 of 1976 on the same subject. (Ministerial Regulation No. 9200 of 2015, 278 AL WAQA’A […]

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 […]

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 […]