Egypt Lifted its State of Emergency: What Now?

Source: TIMEP

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In October, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi announced that the country’s state of emergency would not be extended, hence lifted for the first time in more than four years, saying that the country had become an “oasis of security and stability in the region.”

The country-wide state of emergency had effectively been in place nationwide since two church bombings in April 2017; a separate state of emergency had been in place in North Sinai in the years leading up to that.

The development represents a step that both international and domestic civil society organizations had been calling for—Human Rights Watch called the decision “positive, but far from sufficient to begin to quell the country’s prolonged human rights crisis,” while the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) also recognized the “step in the right direction, although…deficient alone in dismantling the arsenal of repressive legislation issued in recent years.”

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