Extending the emergency law for two months is necessary to eliminate terrorism and to calm the unrest surrounding the end of former President Hosni Mubarak’s house arrest, government sources told Youm7 on Saturday.
Extending the emergency law would mean that Mubarak would remain under house arrest, which would reduce chances of any demonstrations against his release, said the sources.
An emergency law as well as nighttime curfew was imposed by the government in August following the forced dispersal of sit-ins at Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda Squares and resulting street violence. Although the hours of the curfew have gradually been reduced, a number of government officials have been lobbying to extend the emergency law, citing a need to stabilize the volatile security situation.
A number of human rights organizations, however, are opposed to the extension of the law, saying that it has lead to an increase in military trials. The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, No to Military Trials of Civilians, and two other groups issued a joint press release on Monday September 9th, saying that that the army has detained nearly 60 civilians since the June 30 protests.
Until mid-2012, Egypt operated under an emergency law instituted in 1981, following the assassination of President Sadat.