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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Court of Egypt rejected the Egyptian government’s appeal against a decision issued by the court of first instance that repealed a bilateral agreement between Egypt and Saudi Arabia on maritime demarcation.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 […]

Egypt: New Law Enhancing the Penalties for FGM Approved by Parliament

(Sept. 14, 2016) On August 31, 2016, the Egyptian People’s Assembly approved the amendment of article 242 (bis) of the Penal Code. Article 242 (bis) criminalizes the act of female genital mutilation (FGM). (People’s Assembly Strengthens the Penalty Against Female Genital Mutilation, AL YOUM7 (Aug. 31, 2016) (in Arabic); Law No. 58 of 1937 Promulgating […]

Egypt: Council of Ministers Discusses a New Bill Regulating the Construction of Churches

(Aug. 12, 2016) On July 21, 2016, the Prime Minister of Egypt, Sheriff Ismail, met with his Cabinet members to discuss the provisions of a draft law that would govern the construction of new Christian churches and the renovation of existing ones in the country. (Ismail, Ministers Discuss Draft Laws, Including Church Construction Bill, DAILY […]

Bahrain: High Court Orders Dissolution of Main Shi’ite Opposition Group

(July 22, 2016) On July 17, 2016, the High Civil Court of Manama, Bahrain ordered the dissolution of the Wefaq National Islamic Society. The Court’s ruling ordered the liquidation of the organization’s assets and froze all of its banks accounts. (High Court Dissolves al Wefaq, BAHRAIN NEWS AGENCY (July 7, 2016).) The Court rendered its […]

Egypt: Repeal of Maritime Demarcation Agreement with Saudi Arabia

(June 23, 2016) On June 21, 2016, the Egyptian Administrative Court rendered a decision nullifying the recent maritime agreement reached between Saudi Arabia and Egypt.  The agreement, which was drawn up in April 2016, allowed the ceding of the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia.  The Saudi Shura Council and the Egyptian […]