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Rights organisations propose draft anti-discrimination laws to Egypt PM

Human rights organisations suggest watchdog committee and penalties for badly-needed anti-discrimination law currently being drawn up by Egypt's ministerial council

Ahram Online, Saturday 18 Jun 2011
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Three human rights organisations offered suggestions for anti-discrimination laws and the forming of a watchdog committee.

The three organisation; Human Rights Defenders Network, A New World for Development and Human Rights and Monitors without Borders, filed several legal proposals with their  suggestions for what should be included in Egypt’s anti-discrimination law, currently being drafted by the council of ministers.

The proposal sent to Prime Minister Essam Sharaf includes suggestions that aim to emphasise the principles of citizenship and equality and stands against any form of discrimination based on sex, language, religion, belief, class or political affiliation.

The suggestions included the formation of a committee responsible for combating discrimination and assuring that all citizens enjoy equal opportunities. The committee would also assume the responsibility for investigating any violations of these rights.

The proposal also petitioned that all public and private firms provide the committee with guarantees that enable it to monitor any violations of equal opportunity and anti-discriminatory principles.

The filed draft set the punishment for heads of firms that are found to be practicing systematic discriminatory policies, including leadership being sacked, sentenced to six months in prison and forced to pay a fee between LE 30 - 100 thousand ($5,175-$17,241), according to the level of harm caused.

Three human rights organisations offered suggestions for anti-discrimination laws and the forming of a watchdog committee.

The three organisation: Human Rights Defenders Network, A New World for Development and Human Rights and Monitors without Borders, filed several legal proposals that lists their suggestions for what should be included in Egypt’s anti-discrimination law, currently being drafted by the council of ministers.

The proposal sent to Prime Minister Essam Sharaf includes suggestions that aim to emphasise the principles of citizenship and equality and stands against any form of discrimination based on sex, language, religion, belief, class or political affiliation.

The suggestions included the formation of a committee responsible for combating discrimination and assuring that all citizens enjoy equal opportunities. The committee would also assume the responsibility for investigating any violations of these rights.

The proposal also petitioned that all public and private firms provide the committee with guarantees that enable it to monitor any violations of equal opportunity and anti-discriminatory principles.

The filed draft set the punishment for heads of firms that are found to be practicing systematic discriminatory policies, including leadership being sacked, sentenced to six months in prison and forced to pay a fee between LE 30 - 100 thousand ($5,175-$17,241), according to the level of harm caused.

 

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Sally
22-06-2011 01:48am
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Gay rights?
Gay rights not mentioned so far
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sam
21-06-2011 10:15am
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Anti discrimination law
Yes about time to see a law like this to be included in Egypt rules so every one be equal. Hopefully this law will be brought quickly .
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