An Emergency Requiring the Elimination of Emergency Law Essay by johnnyoutsmart

An Emergency Requiring the Elimination of Emergency Law
A look at how successive Egyptian leaders have used emergency law to deny the Egyptian people basic democratic rights.
# 58167 | 2,222 words | 12 sources | MLA | 2005 | GB
Published on May 02, 2005 in History (Middle Eastern) , Political Science (Non-U.S.)

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This paper takes a look at the history of emergency law in Egypt and how it has been used by almost every government in the last 60 years to deny the Egyptian people the right to freedom of speech and the right to form opposing political parties. The paper asserts that Egypt, in order to become a true democracy, as it claims it is, must eliminate emergency law so that the people of Egypt can truly practice the rights a democratic society is supposed to guarantee.

From the Paper:

"Egypt may appear a calm country, not threatened by revolution, political instability or a rebellious population. However, the Egyptian government thinks otherwise. It apparently views the Egyptian people as rebellious, revolutionary and if given their right to freedom of expression, would drive the country to political instability. Therefore, a state of emergency exists in Egypt. Actually, as "Reading the Hieroglyphic" remarks "for all but eight of the past 61 years" Egypt has been under emergency law. Government after government and one political system after another has prevented Egyptians from the right to freedom of speech. Despite this, Egypt is said to be a democratic country. However, the fundamental elements of democracy is freedom of speech or expression and also allowing formation of opposing political parties. The 'democratic' Egyptian government is threatened by these elements as opposition may weaken its status and power. This law prevents freedom of speech and establishment of opposing parties, therefore, the government is using this law as a tool to grant it the upper hand and no one will even verbally criticize its actions. Although the government claims that the emergency law is a security measure for the benefit of the people, with reference to its history and the way it is being used proves that the purpose of this law is to maximize the power of the government to the extent that it can oppress the people and prevent any opposition; and consequently inhibit democracy. The emergency law is stifling democracy and development in Egypt."

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