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06/24/2021 Egypt (International Christian Concern) –  A draft law was introduced on June 7 to Egypt’s parliament that would allow the Supreme Constitutional Court to determine the application of international agreements in the country. The draft seeks to amend Law 48 of 1979, which includes the creation of the Supreme Constitutional Court and its operations towards national interests.

The revised law would allow for the court to evaluate international agreements and court decisions and if they apply in Egypt. The country already violates several forms of human rights and this new law could allow Egypt to step away entirely from its commitments. The 2020 State Department report on human rights in Egypt outlined rights violations in regards to extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detention, torture, inhumane prison conditions, unfair judicial proceedings, and restrictions on freedoms of expression, association, assembly and the press.

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