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Egyptian women fight for right to top judicial positions

Women have gained access to some judicial posts in Egypt over the years, but they have yet to breach the all-powerful State Council. The decadeslong battle pits certain interpretations of the Egyptian Constitution against the council and centuries of tradition dictating that a woman’s place is in the home.

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Constitutional court annuls all previous legal decisions concerning sovereignty of Red Sea islands

Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court issued on Saturday its final decision concerning the Tiran and Sanafir case, ordering the annulment of all previous verdicts, according to local news outlets.

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ANALYSIS: Is there a place for women within Egypt’s judiciary?

Egyptian MP Nadia Henry submitted on February 7 a draft law to the House of Representatives demanding gender equality in judicial positions. The proposal, which was referred by the parliament speaker to the Legislative and Constitutional Affairs Committee, states that all judiciary entities should be committed to appointing women in …

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The State of Emergency in Egypt: An Exception or Rule?

The presidential decree issued on October 10, 2017 re-declaring state of emergency for three months, raised widespread debate. This decree was the third of its kind in 2017. Egypt has a long history of exceptional laws (the emergency law being among the most prominent of them).

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Egypt’s SCAF and the Curious Case Against Konsowa

On December 3, a few days after Colonel Ahmed Konsowa announced in a YouTube video that he intended to run against Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in the upcoming Egyptian presidential election, he was detained and put on a military trial for announcing his bid while still serving in the military. In an uncharacteristically prompt trial on December …

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Egypt: The Battle Over Appointing Judicial Bodies’ Chief Justices

Since April 27, 2017 when the passage of Law 13 of 2017 introduced sweeping changes to how the heads of judicial bodies in Egypt are chosen, Some Egyptian judges have challenged what they see as an attempt to control the judiciary.

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Armed Forces officer and presidential hopeful sentenced to 6 years in prison

A military court sentenced Armed Forces Colonel Ahmed Konsowa to six years in prison on Tuesday after he announced his intention to run in Egypt’s upcoming presidential elections, his lawyer Asaad Heikal reported.

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New trade union law undermines freedom of association in Egypt

The Egyptian parliament approved Dec. 5 the trade union draft law that has been widely criticized by Egyptian independent trade unions as furthering strict government control over these groups, raising questions about the future of the labor movements in Egypt.

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