TIMEP Brief: 2019 Constitutional Amendments

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): TIMEP Original Link: https://timep.org/reports-briefings/timep-brief-2019-constitutional-amendments/ Background: On April 16, 2019, 531 members of Egypt’s House of Representatives voted to approve a set of constitutional amendments to the country’s 2014 constitution. The amendments will next be voted on in a...

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Egypt: Taking stock of Sissi’s visit

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/publications/monday-briefing-new-arab-uprisings-echo-earlier-revolts Now that the dust has settled after Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s visit to Washington and meeting with President Donald Trump, it may be possible to examine any possible takeaways. There were a spate of Egypt-related...

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How Al-Azhar’s grand imam survived the constitutional amendments

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Asmahan Soliman Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/04/11/feature/politics/how-the-grand-imam-of-al-azhar-survived-the-constitutional-amendments/ As part of the raft of controversial amendments to Egypt’s Constitution slated to be put to a public referendum later this month, a proposed article would have featured a less independent Al-Azhar — Egypt’s highest...

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DEATH SENTENCES AND EXECUTIONS 2018

Source: Amnesty International Author(s): Amnesty International Original Link: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/act50/9870/2019/en/ Amnesty International’s overall assessment of the use of the death penalty in 2018 indicates that the global trend towards abolishing the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment continues apace, despite regressive steps from a small number of...

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Probation as Compounded Punishment in Egypt

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): Yasmin Omar and Mai El-Sadany Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/probation-as-compounded-punishment-in-egypt/ This week, officers went into the Dokki Police Station and threatened to send Egyptian activist and blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah back to jail if he did not stop talking about the conditions of his probation...

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EGYPT: PARLIAMENT SHOULD REJECT PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

Source: Amnesty International Author(s): Amnesty International Original Link: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde12/0147/2019/en/ Amnesty International is calling on the Egyptian parliament to reject the proposed constitutional amendments that would undermine judicial independence and expand military trials for civilians. If adopted, the amendments would weaken the rule of law, further...

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Why Is Trump Helping Egypt’s Dictator Entrench His Power?

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Michele Dunne Original Link: https://carnegieendowment.org/2019/04/08/why-is-trump-helping-egypt-s-dictator-entrench-his-power-pub-78823 As someone who has watched the Egyptian people struggle against dictators for years, it is hard to fathom the fact that President Donald Trump will welcome Egypt’s brutal military leader, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, for a White...

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After the Islamic State, Renewed Urgency for Religious Reform

Source: Washington Institute Author(s): Dina Al Riffie Original Link: https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/after-the-islamic-state-renewed-urgency-for-religious-reform The recent declaration of the Islamic State (IS) territorial defeat in Syria has refocused the debate on how to achieve an enduring peace based on successful counterextremism initiatives. This raises a...

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TIMEP Brief: Investment Law

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): TIMEP Original Link: https://timep.org/reports-briefings/timep-brief-investment-law/ The Investment Law promotes remote and underdeveloped regions by offering tax breaks of up to 50 percent for investments in these areas, though companies are only eligible for the tax breaks if they are established within a three-year period of the...

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Egypt’s Constitutional Amendments: A Nail in the Coffin of Political Pluralism

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): Yasmin Omar Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/egypts-constitutional-amendments-a-nail-in-the-coffin-of-political-pluralism/ The Egyptian government is currently in the midst of amending its constitution, with grave consequences for the short-lived political pluralism that blossomed in the wake of the 2011...

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TIMEP Brief: Terrorist Entities Law

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): TIMEP Original Link: https://timep.org/reports-briefings/timep-brief-terrorist-entities-law/ The Terrorist Entities Law authorizes the public prosecution to issue both a Terrorist List and a Terrorist Entities List, under which individuals and organizations can be designated as a result of a previous court verdict or as a result of...

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Infographic: Reparations in the Wake of Egypt’s Revolution

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): TIMEP Original Link: https://timep.org/transitional-justice-project/infographic-reparations/ Less than six months after January 25, 2011, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces created a health and social welfare fund to provide reparations for individuals injured by or killed in the events of the January 25 Revolution. The fund...

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