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Law passed to protect parliament from dissolution

The State Council approved a law on Tuesday stipulating that the upcoming parliament is immune to dissolution in the case that the Supreme Constitutional Court deems the parliamentary elections law unconstitutional, according to local media outlets.

Death penalty divides Egyptians

Egyptian rights activists are demanding the abolition of the death penalty following what they described as “the expansion of death sentences in Egypt” — and as foreign countries and international human rights organizations such as Human Rights Watch leveled stinging criticism against the Egyptian judiciary.

Fair trials for all: to end military trials in Egypt and restore civil justice

Sherif Mohy El Deen looks at how military trials for civilians have become the norm in post-revolution Egypt despite being a violation of international human rights. A researcher and expert on security studies and criminal justice, he also suggests radical and comprehensive changes that he believes are needed to safeguard …

Joint Letter to Chancellor Angela Merkel Re: President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s Visit to Berlin

On the eve of a visit to Germany by Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi a number of leading international human rights organisation wrote an open letter to the German chancellor Ms Angela Merkel. It reads:

Sinai security stymied by continued terrorist attacks

EL-ARISH, Egypt — The terrorist organization Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (Wilayat Sinai) carried out two large attacks on April 2 and April 12 that resulted in heavy losses among the security forces. The attacks killed 35 members of the armed forces and the police — including officers and soldiers — in addition to …