Egypt’s Authorities Co-opt Transitional Justice in New Draft Law

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy

Author(s): Mai El-Sadany

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In a country in which transitional justice has been scoffed at as a secondary concern and in which the legislature has failed to pass a transitional justice law despite a constitutional requirement to do so, many observers found it ironic when Egypt’s House of Representatives preliminarily approved on July 3 a draft law that would grant amnesties to a designated cadre of high-ranking Egyptian military officers, effectively co-opting and politicizing the concept of an amnesty—one of the most controversial mechanisms of transitional justice. The draft law, which was reportedly submitted by the cabinet just one day prior, was sped through the parliamentary process and now awaits a final vote by a two-thirds majority.

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