Transitional Justice in Egypt: Scopes of Application

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies

Author(s): Asmaa Khairy

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For about two years, a civil-military conflict has been going on in Egypt. It started with the army ousting the civilian elected president Dr. Mohamed Morsi. The conflict resulted in a death toll over 3500 persons, and around 41,000 political prisoners or prospected to be detained (wiki thawra, 2014). Despite the fact that many would prioritize working on the de-escalation of the conflict, in this paper, I overlooked de-escalation to work on transitional justice in any possible process of reconciliation.

The ongoing political discourse of the conflict in Egypt pictures the conflict as a zero-sum conflict that can’t end without one party losing. Despite the discourse, there are manners to deescalate the conflict if there was any political will that would get us to a win-win situation; but the discourse keeps proving that it’s not a prospected option. For this reason, I decided to work on a more fundamental area that would not be affected much with the current political arena and shall have more relative benefit, which is “Transitional Justice”.

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