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Administrative court rejects lawsuit to annul Protest Law

Hundreds have been detained and sentenced due to the controversial law

The Egyptian Administrative Court rejected Monday a lawsuit demanding the annulment of the Protest Law.

The lawsuit was filed by lawyer Hussam Karm, who argued the presence of flaws in the articles of the law.

This is not the first time the administrative court in Cairo decides to suspend reviewing an appeal that contests the Protest Law by human rights lawyers.

Last year, prominent lawyers Khaled Ali and Tarek Al-Awady filed an appeal against an administrative decision to reject a permit for a demonstration. Through the appeal, the lawyers contested the constitutionality of the law.

Many activists have been detained for violating the law, including Alaa Abdel Fattah and human rights lawyer Mahienour El-Massry. They were charged with illegal assembly and protesting without authorisation.

In November 2013, former interim president Adly Mansour issued the law. It has since been the subject of heavy criticism from international and domestic rights organisations. Most described it as repressive, stating that it infringes on rights to freedom of assembly and expression, as guaranteed by the constitution.

Human Rights Watch judged the law as “violating international standards”.

Topics: Protest law

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