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Bahrain: Constitutional Amendment Allows Military Trials of Civilians

(Mar. 22, 2017) On March 6, 2017, the Bahraini Parliament (Shura Council) approved an amendment to article 105(b) of the Bahraini Constitution of 2002.  (Bahrain: Constitution of February 14 in English (2002) (Constitution), ACE Electoral Knowledge Network website.)  Members of the Council approved the constitutional amendment two weeks after it was passed by the National Assembly, […]

Egypt: Court of Cassation Acquits Former President of Murder

(Mar. 10, 2017) On March 2, 2017, the Court of Cassation (Egypt’s highest court) dismissed all charges against former President Hosni Mubarak related to the killing of protesters in what is known as “the events of the January 25th [2011] revolution.”  (Hosni Mubarak Acquitted over 2011 Protester Killings, AL JAZEERA (Mar. 2, 2017).) Following the […]

Egypt: Constitutional Court Grants Coptic Christians the Right to Paid Leave for Pilgrimage to Jerusalem

(Feb. 17, 2017) On February 5, 2017, the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt rendered a decision granting Coptic Christians who are civil servants the right to paid work leave for one month to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.  (Egypt Court Rules Coptic Christians, Like Muslims, Have Right to Paid Holidays for Pilgrimage, EGYPTIAN STREETS (Feb. […]

Saudi Arabia: Journalist Sentenced to Seven Years of Imprisonment

(Feb. 7, 2017) On January 26, 2017, a Saudi journalist was sentenced to seven years in prison after a Saudi Arabian court convicted him of committing crimes against the national security of the state.  (Saudi Writer Jailed for Seven Years, KUWAIT TIMES (Jan. 26, 2017).)  The Criminal Court of Riyadh, which is a specialized court […]

Egypt/Saudi Arabia: Supreme Administrative Court Rejects Government Appeal in Red Sea Islands Agreement Case

(Jan. 25, 2017) On January 16, 2017, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rejected the Egyptian government’s appeal against a decision issued by the court of first instance that repealed a bilateral agreement between Egypt and Saudi Arabia on maritime demarcation.  The agreement included the transfer of sovereignty of Tiran and Sanafir Islands in the […]

Egypt/Saudi Arabia: Bilateral Agreement on Maritime Demarcation Approved by Ministers

(Jan. 12, 2017) On December 29, 2016, the Council of Ministers of Egypt approved a maritime demarcation agreement between the governments of Egypt and Saudi Arabia. According to the agreement, Saudi Arabia will assume control over two islands in the Red Sea that have been under the control of Egypt. Following its approval of the […]

Egypt: Supreme Constitutional Court Rules Law Regulating Public Gatherings to Be Unconstitutional

(Dec. 19, 2016) On December 3, 2016, the Egyptian Supreme Constitutional Court decided that article 10 of Law no. 107 of 2013, known as “the Protest Law,” violates the Egyptian Constitution of 2014.  (Law No.107 of 2013, 47 AL-JARĪDAH AL-RASMĪYYAH (duplicate) (Nov. 24, 2013, at 2 (in Arabic).)  The Court stated that article 10 is […]

Egypt: People’s Assembly Passes NGO Law with Two-Thirds Majority

(Dec. 2, 2016) On November 29, 2016, Egypt’s People’s Assembly approved a bill on regulating the work of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the country. The new law was drafted by Abdel Hady Al-Kasby, the head of the parliament’s Social Solidarity Committee. The law passed by a two-thirds majority of the members’ votes. After the approval […]

Egypt: Parliament Provisionally Approves Legislation Regulating NGOs

(Nov. 22, 2016) On November 14, 2016, the Egyptian People’s Assembly (the parliament) provisionally approved a draft law regulating the work of domestic and international non-governmental organizations operating in the country.  The draft law was proposed by the Social Solidarity Committee of the Assembly.  (Gamal Essam El-Din, Egypt Parliament Provisionally Approves a New NGO Law; […]

Egypt: Parliament Passes Anti-illegal Migration Law

(Nov. 4, 2016) On October 17, 2016, the Egyptian People’s Assembly passed an anti-human trafficking law and sent it to Egypt’s President for his signature. The law passed by a huge majority of 402 votes. Once the law is signed by the President, it will be published in the official gazette. (Egypt Parliament Passes Bill […]