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Cabinet approves modifying controversial article in 2013 Protest Law

Cancelling, moving, or postponing a protest should be based on a judicial decision made prior to the start of a protest, says cabinet 


The cabinet approved during its weekly meeting headed by Prime Minster Sherif Ismail a draft law introduced to modify Article 10 of the 2013 Protest Law. According to a statement released by the cabinet on Wednesday, the draft law has been submitted to the State Council.

The suggested amendment stipulates that the Minister of Interior or any concerned official, such as a security director, has the right to demand a judge annul, postpone, or move any protest if any information regarding potential threats to public safety surfaces prior to a planned protest taking place.

According to the statement, the assigned judge should then issue a verdict on whether or not to postpone, move, or cancel the protest. Protest organisers would also be granted the opportunity to appeal the decision.

Article 10 of the Protest Law gave the Ministry of Interior the right to ban protests.

Recently, the Constitutional Court declared Article 10 unconstitutional, saying it contradicted Article 73 of the Constitution, which stipulates that protesting is the right of an individual and no authority should interfere.

The Protest Law was issued in late November 2013 by interim president Adly Mansour. The law imposes a series of restrictions, such as requiring protesters to file for permission at the nearest police station.

Police stations often reject the request.

In addition, the number of protesters is not allowed to exceed the number filed in the request, nor are they allowed to move the protest to another location not specified in their initial request.

The Protest Law has been condemned and criticised by multiple international and local non-governmental organisations, who say that thousands have been detained for protesting and are currently serving harsh prison sentences.

 

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