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Labor Union Laws in Egypt: A Step Towards Freedom of in Egypt

ARTICLES | 20 Sep 2016 | PRINT

Barring Lawyers from Entering Prosecution Premises: A Stay of Execution


Menna Omar

“Not for one day has the judiciary of Egypt ever been isolated from its people –not physically nor intellectually– such that it is unable to understand their plight. The doors of the courts and public prosecution have always been open to the citizens. The people of Egypt have held a firm conviction that the judiciary is the refuge of the wronged, and the buttress of the weak; that if truth is lost anywhere else in the state, it is safeguarded in the judiciary’s hands; and, that if justice disappears or is taken away from them, it can be found in the judiciary’s rulings… Egypt has witnessed eminent lawyers devote their lives to defending rights and seeking justice. Judges...

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ARTICLES | 16 Sep 2016 | PRINT

The Colonialism of Care: A Critical Approach to the Lebanese Experience


Zeina Allouche

 

One Year After Court Case: What Next?

 

At the beginning of April 2015, Tarek Mallah filed a case against the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Islamic Orphanage (Dar al-Aytam al-Islamiya) on the basis that he was raped within the orphanage over the course of five years, beginning at the age of nine. Mallah’s suffering did not end when he escaped the orphanage at the age of fourteen with no education, trade, or life skills enabling him to move forward. His escape ended the rape, but...

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ARTICLES | 14 Sep 2016 | PRINT

Combating Corruption in Egypt (II): Making an Example of Hesham Geneina


Mohamed Adel Souliman

Following the January 2011 revolution, Egyptian oversight bodies have regained some of their roles after liberating themselves from the National Party’s control over the regulatory and accountability bodies over the past three decades. For example, the administrative monitoring reports contributed to the institution of the ruling against former President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons in the case known in the media as “the presidential palaces”. The revolution has also enabled the oversight bodies to do their role in exposing corruption. This article will present the case of Hesham Geneina, former head of Egypt's Central Auditing Authority (CAA). On July 28, 2016, the New Cairo Criminal Court issued a sentence of one year imprisonment and a fine of...

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ARTICLES | 14 Sep 2016 | PRINT

Labor Laws in Egypt: A Step Towards Freedom of Forming Unions


Menna Omar

The movement to establish independent unions in Egypt began prior to the January 25 Revolution of 2011 with the founding of four independent labor unions: the Real Estate Trade Association, the Egyptian Health Technologist Syndicate, the General Union for Pensioners, and the Syndicate of Independent Teachers. After the January Revolution, a number of workers announced they were establishing independent unions, in a step towards independence from unions subordinate to the government. These are labeled “independent” because they are independent from these government unions and organizations, created for particular categories of workers which have monopolized union activity for years.

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ARTICLES | 07 Sep 2016 | PRINT

Combating Corruption in Egypt (I): Salem and State Impunity


Mohamed Adel Souliman

While we were witnessing the trial of Hesham Geneina, former head of Egypt's Central Auditing Authority, on charges of propagating rumors about the cost of corruption in Egypt, there were ministerial committees working in full swing towards reconciliation with Hussein Salem, the fugitive businessman and one of the masters of the dissolved National Party. Indeed, Adel al-Saeed, assistant minister of Justice for the “racketeering” apparatus, held a press conference on August 3, 2016 in Cairo where he announced the completion of reconciliation procedures with Salem after the latter relinquished 75% of his wealth for the state in exchange for abatement of criminal proceedings against him. Al-Saeed added that the value of assets...

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The Colonialism of Care: A Critical Approach to the Lebanese Experience

 

One Year After Court Case: What Next?

 

At the beginning of April 2015, Tarek Mallah filed a case against the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Islamic Orphanage (Dar al-Aytam al-Islamiya) on the basis that he was raped within the orphanage over the course of five years, beginning at the age of nine. Mallah’s suffering did not end when he escaped the orphanage at the age of fourteen with no education, trade, or life skills enabling him to move forward. His escape ended the rape, but not the effects and reverberations of the abuse or the deep impressions that it left upon him, especially the sense...

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Labor Laws in Egypt: A Step Towards Freedom of Forming Unions

The movement to establish independent unions in Egypt began prior to the January 25 Revolution of 2011 with the founding of four independent labor unions: the Real Estate Trade Association, the Egyptian Health Technologist Syndicate, the General Union for Pensioners, and the Syndicate of Independent Teachers. After the January Revolution, a number of workers announced they were establishing independent unions, in a step towards independence from unions subordinate to the government. These are labeled “independent” because they are independent from these government unions and organizations, created for particular categories of workers which have monopolized union activity for years.

However, the [state-controlled] unions that had been established in accordance with the...

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Barring Lawyers from Entering Prosecution Premises: A Stay of Execution

“Not for one day has the judiciary of Egypt ever been isolated from its people –not physically nor intellectually– such that it is unable to understand their plight. The doors of the courts and public prosecution have always been open to the citizens. The people of Egypt have held a firm conviction that the judiciary is the refuge of the wronged, and the buttress of the weak; that if truth is lost anywhere else in the state, it is safeguarded in the judiciary’s hands; and, that if justice disappears or is taken away from them, it can be found in the judiciary’s rulings… Egypt has witnessed eminent lawyers devote their lives to defending rights and seeking justice. Judges have acknowledged the position of the law profession, and lawyers have preserved the standing of judges and supported and defended...

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