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How Egypt’s referendum deepened its human rights crisis

As protests spread across the Arab world in 2011, Egypt became a beacon of hope in the region. But this glimmer of light quickly dimmed, rights groups say, pointing to a widespread crackdown on dissent, with recent constitutional amendments only deepening the country’s human rights woes.

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Voting in the dark: Ramming the constitutional amendments through

The National Elections Authority (NEA) announced on Tuesday that the referendum on a set of major constitutional amendments, which allow President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to remain in office until 2030, passed by 88.8 percent with a 44.3 percent turnout.

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The Armed Forces and the Constitution: Amendments grant the military unchecked powers

Among the proposed amendments to Egypt’s Constitution currently making their way through Parliament is an unprecedented change to the defined role of the Armed Forces in the country. In all nine constitutions* since Egypt’s first in 1882, the military’s role was limited to a single task: protecting the country and …

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Judicial officials: Constitutional amendments final battleground in struggle for judicial independence

In a meeting with Middle Eastern and North African general prosecutors in Cairo on Wednesday, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi once again stressed the importance of judicial independence, asserting that “no one can interfere with the work of the judiciary.”

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Al-Sisi emphasises judiciary independence, expressed appreciating to Egyptian judges

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi late on Sunday met with the members of the Judicial Authorities Council including the minister of justice, the chiefs of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Cassation Court and public prosecutor, as well as others according to a presidency statement. 

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Lawyer detained on array of charges, including inciting protests in relation to ‘possession of yellow vests’

An Alexandria prosecutor’s office ordered on Tuesday the detention of Alexandrian rights lawyer Mohamed Ramadan for 15 days, after he posted a photo of himself wearing a yellow vest on his Facebook page several days ago in solidarity with the French “Yellow Vest” movement, according to lawyer Mahienour al-Massry.

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Egypt’s feminists laud mass appointment of women as top judges

Women’s rights activists and jurists hailed a decision by the Supreme Judiciary Council earlier this month to promote 16 female judges, expressing hope that women in top judicial positions will make their mark on the gender-sensitive issues that come before the courts.

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