Egypt’s Justice Ministry is planning an anti-terrorism law that would include
harsh sentences for violence or sabotage against state institutions, as well as
the death penalty if people are killed as a result.
As reported by the
Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram
on Wednesday, once the law is written it will be
transferred to the cabinet for approval.
In addition, interim President
Adly Mansour is reviewing a protest law that recently passed a vote in the
cabinet. Critics say it is similar to a law that was in force during the reign
of ousted president Hosni Mubarak.
The law would give the interior
minister or senior police officers power to cancel, postpone or change the
location of a protest, according to a report by the website Ahram Online. Also,
governors would be able to create protest-free zones near state
Gamal Eid, of the Arab Network for Human Rights Information,
criticized the new law, calling it “the same authoritarian approach” toward
freedoms in the country.
“Resorting to security and police solutions will
lead to more failure and worsen the political conflict in Egypt,” Eid said.
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