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54. Fixing the constitution

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54. Fixing the constitution
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January 20, 2013
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Yūsuf Sidhum
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Efforts are ongoing to shed light in the flaws in Egypt's new consittution, and to crystallise alternative formulations for the articles under fire. The aim is to reassure Egyptians tha tthe consitutiton is no Islamist snare, and includes no elastic articles that allow the Islamists to pounce upon legistlation and ram whatever law they wish down Egypt's throat. 

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67. AWR Daily Overview, December 13, 2012: Azhar call Egyptians to vote in Constitutional referendum

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67. AWR Daily Overview, December 13, 2012: Azhar call Egyptians to vote in Constitutional referendum
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December 13, 2012
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Shabana Basheer
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The Azhar appealed to all Egyptians to vote in the upcoming referendum over the Constitution in accordance with their religious and national conscience, calling this a “national duty”. In a speech yesterday, the Azhar called for the referendum to be carried out peacefully and for the avoidance of all forms of violence and efforts to influence the voting process, in order to ensure that people are able to express their free will and personal choices, saying that attempts to influence public opinion are harām. Dr Ahmad Al-Tayyīb, Grand Shaykh of the Azhar, called on all authorities to accept the results of the referendum. He said that Egypt is currently undergoing a democratic transition that requires all parties to uphold the best interests of the country so that it can progress and take its place among nations. [Muhammad ‘Abd al-Khāliq, Al-Ahrām, Dec. 13, p. 7] Read original text in Arabic

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38. AWR Daily Overview, December 20, 2012: Grand Shaykh Al -Tayyīb wishes steps toward stability and development to accelerate

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38. AWR Daily Overview: December 20, 2012: Grand Imam Al Tayyib wishes steps toward stability to acceleratement would be faster
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December 20, 2012
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Jeanne Middelstaedt-Rizkallah
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In a meeting with French Ambassador Nicolas Galey and the French delegation accompanying him, the Grand Shaykh of The Azhar, Dr. Ahmad Al-Tayyīb stated that he is confident that the Egyptian people will surpass the actual crisis. The meeting that took place on Wednesday, December 19, tackled issues on ways to enhance the relations between the Azhar and France’s cultural, religious and scientific institutions and organizations.
Further, the Grand Shaykh stressed that the Azhar body, including all his institutions, lives the pulse of his country and the Arabic and Islamic nation. He added that he keeps pace with the changes that occur every day on the internal and exterior scene, wishing steps toward stability and development would be faster, as Egypt urgently needs to establish its new renaissance, which also requires a stable constitution that befits Egypt’s historical civilization and leading role in the region. [Dīyā’ Abū al-Safā, al-Akhbār, Dec.20, p. 4] Read original text in Arabic

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21. Churches unit to confront 41 articles in Constitution

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21. Churches unit to confront 41 articles in Constitution
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January 14, 2013
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Ahmad al-Sa'dāwī
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Diana Maher Ghali
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The three main Christian denominations in Egypt (Coptic Orthodox, Catholic, and Evangelical) will submit a new memo to the National Dialogue Committee about disputed articles in the Constitution.

[Reviewer's Note: al-Watan reported the details of the memo under the title "Churches' memo to the National Dialogue Committee calling for amending 14 articles in the Constitution and canceling political isolation law"]

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53. AWR Daily Overview, December 15, 2012: 48 Hours before referendum: Egyptian Christians join in prayers for Egypt

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53. AWR Daily Overview, December 15, 2012: 48 Hours before referendum: Egyptian Christians join in prayers for Egypt
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December 15, 2012
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Jeanne Middelstaedt-Rizkallah
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Dozens of thousands of Copts from different Christian denominations rallied in worship to al-Muqattam Monastery of St. Simon the Tanner, also called the Cave Church (Dayr Sam’ān al-Kharāz), to pray for Egypt, 48 hours before the referendum over the draft Constitution, scheduled for today, December 15. [’Imād Khalīl, al-Misrī al-Yawm, Dec. 15, p. 6] Read original text in Arabic

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66. AWR Daily Overview, December 29, 2012: Bearded man beat Christian woman in Tantā while chanting “infidel”

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66. AWR Daily Overview, December 29, 2012: Bearded man beat Christian woman in Tantā while chanting “infidel”
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December 29, 2012
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Diana Maher Ghali
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In Tantā, on December 27, 2012, an Islamist attacked a Christian woman and beat her with a stick on her back, calling her an “infidel” for not wearing a hijāb and wearing makeup. 

The victim’s name is Marsa. After Marsa finished her work in the University’s Hospital, a bearded man wearing a white jalābyīah (a long gown) and a black jacket attacked her and ran away (Rafīq Nāsif and Ahmad Fathī,  al-Watan, Dec. 29, p. 1). Read original text in Arabic 

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17. AWR Daily Overview: December 10, 2012: Back to primitive ages in women rights issues

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17. AWR Daily Overview: December 10, 2012: Back to primitive ages in women rights issues
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December 10, 2012
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Jeanne Middelstaedt-Rizkallah
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“Despite their active participation in all the events of the Revolution and their standing side by side with men, evolving currents on the political scene are working on throwing their (women) social status quo back to the ages of oppression and discrimination”, said Mirvat Tallāwī, president of the National Council for Women Rights in her opening words during the UN Conference on Women Participation in Parliamentary Elections. [Amīrah Salāh Hilāl, al-Ahrām, Dec. 10, p. 12] Read original text in Arabic

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23. AWR Daily Overview, January 2, 2013: Administrative Court consider case of dissolving Muslim Brotherhood today

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23. AWR Daily Overview, January 2, 2013: Administrative Court consider case of dissolving Muslim Brotherhood today
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January 2, 2013
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Jeanne Middelstaedt-Rizkallah
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The State Council of Administrative Court set the coming March 26 as date to rule in the complaint filed by the Arab Center for Transparency and Integrity against the General Prosecution and the Illicit Gains Authority as both have not made any progress in the investigations on illicit gains cases filed since one year while Egypt is going through the most critical time of its history, and despite the fact that Egypt had signed and approved in 2005 the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) issued in 2003. [Wafā’ Shu’ayrah and Hibah Nāfi’, Rose al-Yūsuf, Jan. 2, p.3] Read original text in Arabic

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47. AWR Daily Overview, December 30, 2012: Security plan to secure churches on Christmas

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47. AWR Daily Overview, December 30, 2012: Security plan to secure churches on Christmas
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December 30, 2012
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Diana Maher Ghali
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Cairo security apparatuses put a security plan to secure churches in the Christmas and New Year. Maj. Gen. Ahmad Jamāl al-Dīn, Minister of Interior, gave instructions to take all the necessary security measures to secure churches and institutions. [Ahmad Imām, al-Ahrām, Dec. 30, p. 2] Read original text in Arabic

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17. AWR Daily Overview, December 24, 2012: Asyut Governor denies Christians prevented from voting

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17. AWR Daily Overview, December 24, 2012: Asyut Governor denies Christians prevented from voting
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December 24, 2012
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Diana Maher Ghali
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Yahyá Kishk, Governor of Asyut, denied what came into the American daily newspaper The Washington Post about preventing Christians from voting in the yes-or-no referendum over the draft Constitution.

Read Washington Post article “Intimidation, fear keep Egypt’s Christians away from polls on disputed charter” attributed to Associated Press and published on December 19, 2012. 

(Usāmah Sidīq and Hamādah al-Sa’īd, al-Ahrām, Dec. 24, p. 4) Read original text in Arabic

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