Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

13 February 2013

Egypt: Breaking - Cabinet Approves New Protest Law

The Egyptian Cabinet approved on Wednesday the new law governing protests.

The new law will be referred to the Shura Council (upper house of the parliament).

According to the Cairo Insitute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), the new draft law aims to criminalize peaceful demonstrations.

"The draft law stipulates that protesters must submit a notification at least five days in advance, ignoring the spontaneous nature these protests often have," says a statement by CIHRS.

The Cabinet also approved a presidential draft decision to increase tariffs on some non-essential consumer goods such as watches, boats, shrimps and sunglasses, reported the Middle East News Agency.

Ads by Google

Copyright © 2013 Aswat Masriya. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.