CAIRO: Prime Minister Sherif Ismail has mandated Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Magdy al Agaty to form a committee to conduct legislative amendments to the controversial protest law, Youm7 reported Thursday.
“The amendments will be consistent with the constitutional right in a peaceful demonstration and freedom of expression enriched in the Egyptian constitution,” Agaty was quoted as saying by Youm7.
The new amendments would also ensure the safety of state institutions, Agaty stressed. The amendments will clarify the description of the crime and the appropriate punishments, he added.
Dozens of political activists have been sentenced to prison for preaching the law since it was issued during the tenure of Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour in Nov., 2013.
It has been criticized by rights groups and political activists as undermining the freedom of assembly and expression.