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20 أبريل 2017 5:58 م
Amnesty:freedoms and peaceful facing danger in Egypt
Amnesty International Organization , said: New draconian amendments in the name of counter-terrorism: Another nail in the coffin of fair trial standards in Egypt.
A set of legislative amendments approved by the Egyptian parliament will give the authorities sweeping powers to carry out mass arbitrary arrests, enable indefinite detention without charge or trial and will severely undermine due process and fair trial guarantees, Amnesty International said today.
The amendments came after the deadly bombings of three churches in Egypt during the Palm Sunday services on 9 April that left 44 dead and more than 100 injured.
This was the ninth attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt in four months that once again highlighted the failure of the state to protect the Coptic minority.
Instead of reviewing the security failures that led to the attacks on Coptic churches and the legacy of systemic discrimination against Copts, the authorities used the bombings as a pretext to declare a state of emergency for three months and push through a set of repressive legislative amendments. The proposed amendments do not address the root causes of sectarian attacks but further break down the checks and balances in the criminal justice system and increase the authorities’ iron grip on freedoms and peaceful dissent.
These procedures allow criminal courts to list people and entities on terrorism lists based solely on police information; and detain people for up to seven days without being brought before a judge or prosecutor, which will facilitate enforced disappearances.