State Council receives amendment for Article 10 of Protest Law

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Egyptian policemen detain a protester during a demonstration organized by the group "No Military Trials for Civilians" in front of the Shura council in downtown Cairo on November 26, 2013. (AFP FILE PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI)

The State Council’s legislative department received an amendment for Article 10 of the Protest Law from the Ministry of Justice, local media reported on Saturday.

The department is expected to conclude reviewing and discussing the law’s amendment very soon to prepare a detailed report and provide feedback to the council during its weekly session next Monday.

The Constitutional Court ruled on 4 December that various articles in the law are contrary to the Constitution.

These articles included Article 10 that granted the Ministry of Interior the right to ban protests, but the court deemed it contradictory to Article 73 of the Constitution, which stipulates that protesting is the right of an individual and no authority should interfere.

Following the court ruling, Prime Minister Sherif Ismail confirmed that a government committee will amend the Protest Law as a whole and will publish it in the state’s official newspaper.

The Protest Law was issued in late November 2013 by interim president Adly Mansour, imposing a series of restrictions on protesters, and was condemned and criticised by multiple international and local non-governmental organisations.


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