Imprisoned mothers to keep newborns until age 4 per draft amendment
Imprisoned mother with her child - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRONewborns in Egypt to remain with their jailed mothers until the age of four instead of two, according to recent draft amendments to Law on Prison Regulations announced Friday.

When the child turns four, he will be transferred to live with his father or anyone selected by the mother, or otherwise will be sent to an orphanage. 

Pregnant inmates sentenced to death will be executed when their babies turn two instead of two months, according to the new draft. This amendment goes in line with the Islamic Law, which commands a two whole year-lactation period. 

The draft was submitted by the Ministry of Interior, and discussed by the Legislative Reform Committee, headed by the Minister of Transitional Justice Ibrahim el-Henedy

The National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM) announced Thursday it approved the amendments.

Azza al-Ashmawy, General Secretariat of NCCM, said in a statement the amendments would enable mothers to extend their special care to their children in this early age.  

The NCCM was contacted to help children who do not have shelters after leaving their jailed mothers, according to state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram. 

Other amendments to the law, according to Al-Ahram, grants prisoners the right to make phone calls and contact the outside world. This right will also be granted to on-remand detainees, after prosecution’s approval.

Some of the amendments were sent to the prosecution for review and feedback.

Additional reporting by Mohamed Mahsoub


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