Cairo: — The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, ANHRI, announces its complete refusal of the draft protest law that approved by the Egyptian cabinet, headed by Dr Hazem Al-Beblawi, as Egypt is not in need for laws that restrict the public freedoms and the citizens' rights. This bill is the same one that drafted by Judge Omar Al-Sherif, assistant to justice minister for legislative affairs; who is well known for his proficiency in drafting bills that enhance the security grip and controlling the citizens' rights throughout the period he has been spending in this position, since the autocrat Mubarak's regime till today.
Although the objections of some ministers, the Egyptian cabinet has approved the new protest bill that is drafted by the government via the minister of justice and his assistant. According to what has been published in some newspapers, Dr Hazem Al-Beblawi claimed that he had got the approval of some human rights organizations without mentioning their names. This reminds us that the role of some human rights organization colluded with Mubarak's regime and his minister of interior, Habib Al-Adly, in order to praise an autocratic regime as well as these organizations connived to waste the Egyptians' rights and their civil and political freedoms as well.
In addition to ANHRI's refusal of such an unfair law, whether the time of approving it during the holiday of Eid Al-Adha (an Islamic feast) or because it is the same bill drafted during the reign of Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, and then during the regime of the ousted president Mohamed Morsi, and the current regime as well. The bill is also rejected because it is included in a series of bad legislations that the anti-democracy minister of justice is trying to present, such as the bill regulating remand-in-custody, the anti-terrorism law and the judicial arrest bill. The new amendments on the law prejudice the inherent right of Egyptians, which they restored after the blood was shed on the street.
The new bill grants the ministry of interior to disperse the demonstrations by force after formal procedures, and also prevents the right of sit-in. it bans approaching to many places like mosques, churches, parliament, and police station for a distance ranges between 50-100 meters. Moreover, it inflicts prison, imprisonment and fine to those who violates the law. This reminds us with the security grip during Mubarak's regime and Habib Al-Adly that failed to prevent a popular revolution led to toppling them.
Gamal Eid, Executive Director of ANHRI, stated that, "It is unfortunate that not only the same authoritarian approach continues in dealing with the rights and freedoms of the Egyptians, but also the same figures like the minister of justice, Adel Abdel Hameed, and his assistant, Judge Omar Al-Sherif. The insistence of the former minister of justice, Ahmed Mekky, to resort to Al-sherif because he is proficient in drafting bills, reveal that whether Al-sherif knows very well what the ministry of interior want so he will draft bills according to this, or the ministry of justice doesn't provide appropriate opportunities for the Egyptian judges to train on how to draft bills. This is in order not to become under the grip of judges who use their experience to support the regime and authorities instead of the law and freedoms.
Gamal Eid added that, "It is really shameful on any authority that fabricates an unfair law and tries to deceive the public opinion by saying it would face a certain group. The laws are drafted to be enforces on all the segments, and the rule of law means equality. Resorting to the security and police solutions will lead to more failure and worsen the political conflict in Egypt".
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