Maat Center for Juridical and Constitutional Studies
2007 / 11 / 29
Maat Center for Juridical and Constitutional Studies, as coordinator of The Egyptian Coalition to Challenge Death Penalty, expressed its optimism regarding developments in death penalty file in Egypt, saying that raising argument around the penalty is a positive step towards reviewing it again which may lead to replacing it, or canceling it form the Egyptian legislation. The center depends on the fact that the continuing of activating this penalty does not decreased premeditated murder, ravishment, and does not end drugs trade. Since the center started a campaign to challenge death penalty in Egypt, it do its best to amend the Egyptian laws excessive in using death penalty, or even to cancel them especially in political crimes.
The coalition calls upon the National Council of Human Rights to adopt clear and frank opinion regarding death penalty to support the opinion of juridical organizations, which call for canceling it, and to raise the case to be discussed and studied by its members. The center explained that the canceling is not opposite to Islamic legislation or any other divine religions, but on the contrary, Islam expands in using blood money, or forgiveness, because Islam is not a religion of violence or extremism, more over the Egyptian legislations included about 60 articles stated death penalty in Penal Law, Weapons Laws, and Military Courts Law.
The center also shows great interest towards the joint adoption of some countries in the draft suggested by the UN s General Association, which calls for an international embargo of death penalty processes around the world, expecting that this project may have an effect on supporting the calls to delete it.
In addition, recent statistics revealed that more than 25country in Asia continent cancelled death penalty in their laws, and in Africa 6 countries of 53 did not executed death sentences in 2006.
Therefore, the coalition appeals to the Egyptian government to accept the draft, and not to amend it in any way in order to emptied it of its contents with the pretext that it may affects the sovereignty of Egyptian country and it may represents violation of national culture.