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Egypt: Exceptions to Ending Emergency Law Invite Abuse

The Egyptian military’s announcement on January 24, 2012, that it will lift the state of emergency except in cases of “thuggery” is an invitation to continued abuse, Alkarama and Human Rights Watch said today. The two rights groups said that the government should use the regular penal code and civilian criminal courts to address alleged criminal activity. It should also repeal Law 34, which criminalizes participation in strikes during a state of emergency. (New York) – The Egyptian military’s announcement on January 24, 2012, that it will lift the state of emergency…

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