Egypt's Public Protest Law 2013: A Boost to Freedom or a Further Restriction?
11 US-China L. Rev., (2014) Forthcoming
13 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2014
Date Written: June 7, 2014
On November 24, 2013, Egypt’s interim president Adly Mansour signed into law the Public Protest Law after it was proposed by the interim government, and soon it became the main concern in Egypt due to claims that after the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi, of the Muslim Brotherhood, the country is currently ruled by a military-backed government that seeks to restrict freedom and rights in order to introduce a new authoritarian-military rule. The government promoted the law by arguing that it aims to maintain stability and security in Egypt’s streets and that it only targets factional protest movements and saboteurs. Nevertheless, the law has been widely criticized by human rights groups as well as rights and political activists who say it restricts freedom of speech and that it is an attempt to completely ban the right to protest, not to regulate it as the government claims.
Keywords: Protest Law, The 2013 Constitution, Constitutionality, Human Rights, Constitutional Freedoms
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