A protest bill proposed by the government threatens the right to demonstrate in addition to encouraging police brutality, human rights organisations have said.
The drafted protest bill was sent to the Shura Council to be reviewed. The bill, drafted by the Ministry of Justice, will then be voted upon by members in the upper house of parliament and, if passed, will be signed into law by President Mohamed Morsi.
The proposed bill stirred controversy among activists and human rights organisations who argue it infringes upon freedoms of expression and movement, the right to protest, the right to strike, and sanctions the use violence by security forces against protesters.
“This law infringes upon the right to protest and freedom of movement,” said Ahmed Ezzat, who heads the legal unit of the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression. (Daily news Egypt)