Amnesty International: Egyptian terrorism bill a 'deadly blow to human rights'

By REUTERS
July 15, 2015 17:43

 
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CAIRO - A draft law in Egypt that would make it a crime to contradict the official version of terrorist attacks should be scrapped, Amnesty International said on Wednesday, calling the bill a "strike at the very heart of basic freedoms".

The law, which also sets up new courts for dealing with terrorism suspects, was proposed after a June 29 car bomb killed Egypt's top prosecutor and a series of other attacks killed 17 members of the security forces in North Sinai, the focus of an Islamist insurgency.

"The proposed counter-terrorism law vastly expands the Egyptian authorities' powers and threatens the most fundamental rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association," said Amnesty International's Said Boumedouha.

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