Rights center criticizes cabinet’s Treason Law amendments

The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) on Tuesday criticized amendments introduced by the cabinet to Egypt's Treason Law.

In a statement, the institute said the amendments have improved the law but don't address its defects.
CIHRS said that even after the cabinet proposed the amendments, the law would still not apply justice during the interim period, and it violates local laws in other countries.
The terms of the law violate all legal concepts related to punitive rules, the statement said.
The law's first article defines those who can be convicted under the law as civil servants, ministers or others.That wording could be used as a tool to get rid of opponents and activists, since its definition of crimes is unclear, the statement said.
In July, the Egyptian government announced it would introduce amendments to the Treason Law so those accused of abusing power or financial crimes could be brought to trial.
According to the law, those convicted should be stripped of their positions and banned from political involvement for five years.
Translated from the Arabic Edition

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