TIMEP Brief: Protest and Freedom of Assembly in Egypt

Source: The Tahrir Institute For Middle East Policy
Author(s): Unknown

Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/timep-brief-protest-and-freedom-of-assembly-in-egypt/#authorbio

  • Egypt’s Protest Law has been invoked against peaceful assemblies despite judicial and legislative attempts to liberalize its Article 10, which delineates the government’s power to prevent protests.
  • Arrests under the Protest Law account for only 12 percent of protesters referred to Egyptian courts. The state also employs a panoply of vague charges, including belonging to a banned group and disturbing public order, to punish anyone publicly (and at times privately) assembling.
  • Violence used to disperse protests has been lesser reported as protests have abated under restrictions, but remains a recurring element of political and social protests in Egypt. The government’s overall crackdown on protests indicates a structural commitment to not only limiting, but effectively prohibiting free assembly and protest.

Overall Situation:
In November 2013, Egypt’s interim government adopted a Protest Law that required detailed notification of protests for such gatherings to be deemed legal…

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