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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Judges for Muslim Brotherhood Trial Resign

Three judges who were presiding over the trial of several high-profile members of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo resigned yesterday, after the Supreme Leader of the Muslim Brotherhood Mohammed Badie denounced the court proceedings and his co-defendents in the case began chanting “Sisi is a traitor.” Badie and his co-defendents are charged with inciting violence against civilians
and attempted murder. This is the second time that a three-person panel of judges has resigned from trying members of the Muslim Brotherhood leadership.

Trafficking Rings in the Sinai Peninsula

A new report which details the horrors of the human trafficking rings in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula was presented to the European Parliament by independent scholars last week. The report puts forth evidence that more than 25,000 people have been trafficked through the region between 2009 and 2013. According to the scholars who wrote “The Human Trafficking Cycle: Sinai and Beyond,” Egypt’s legal framework fails to protect the majority of human trafficking victims.

Egypt’s Steel Workers on Strike

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, a Cairo-based rights group, declared its support today for the approximately 5,000 employees of the Egyptian Iron and Steel Company who have been on strike for the past three weeks. The workers are owed over 190 million Egyptian pounds in bonuses which the company has thus far refused to pay. The workers further escalated the strike last week when they welded the gates to the factory in Helwan shut.

Gulf Cooperation Council Backs Egypt

The members of the powerful Gulf Cooperation Council – Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman – issued a statement after their most recent summit which expressed trust and confidence in “the Egyptian people’s choices,” or the interim military-backed government in Egypt. Analysts say that this communique expressed support for the road map which the military establishment set forth for Egypt after deposing former President Mohamed Morsi in early July of this year. Al Ahram called it “an implicit endorsement of Morsi’s removal in July.”

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