Egypt military pledged to lift emergency laws as Mubarak stepped down

On February 11, 2011, the Egyptian Supreme Council of the Armed Forces pledged to lift the country's emergency laws, which have been since the Arab-Israeli War of 1967. The announcement came in the immediate aftermath of widespread protests that forced President Hosni Mubarak's resignation and subsequent allegations of abuse of power and culpability in the deaths of protestors. In August 2011, Egypt's interim government, the Cabinet of Ministers voted to begin measures to end the country's state of emergency. However, the laws were reinstated and expanded after a September 2011 attack by protestors on the Israeli embassy. A partial suspension of the emergency laws was announced on January 25, 2012.

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Learn more about Egypt and the country's emergency laws from the JURIST news archive and read commentary on the issue from JURIST Guest Columnist Shafiq Jamoos in Hotline.


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