Workshop to discuss role of minorities in new constitution
Egyptian constitution - YOUM7 (Archive)
By DALIA FAROUK

The Egyptian Alliance for Minorities (ECM) will organize a workshop to address issues facing the rights of minorities and related issues in the context of the new constitution.

The ‘Constitutional Amendments and Minorities’ workshop will examine the portrayal of minorities in the 50-member committee working on constitutional amendments. Civil society and human rights organizations are expected to participate. It will make proposals on how to safeguard minority rights in particular, and freedoms in general.

The Kelma Center for Human Rights and the Mezran Center for Local Cultures have announced solidarity with the proposition.

Hafez Abu Seada, head of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights, said Article 14 of the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights supports the right of a fair trial before a judge and in a court facility, and he underlined the value of finding a similar constitutional text in Egypt to endorse that notion.

Military courts originated in the field and evolved into a permanent court with laws in many countries, Sedaa said on his Twitter account. He said there is a trend to respect its jurisdiction, but that some countries – including Egypt – have expanded this jurisdiction to try political opponents.

He said there are many calls to cancel all forms of special courts, such as the State Security Court and the Military Court, as well as the direction of jurisprudence in international law. He said even military officials have the right to be tried in a civil court and in accordance with  procedural rules.

Translated from Youm7.

 

 

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