Egypt: Memorandum: Egypt’s draft law on counter terrorism

Draft counter-terrorism legislation due to be signed into law by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is deeply flawed and the Egyptian authorities must scrap or thoroughly revise it in order to comply with their obligations under the Egyptian Constitution and international law. The legislation in its current form allows the authorities to take extreme measures that would usually only be invoked during a state of emergency, granting the President similar powers to those held during the 30-year-long state of emergency imposed by former ruler Hosni Mubarak.

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