Egypt court grants revolution's injured increased pension rights

Sherif Tarek , Wednesday 18 Jan 2012

Human rights group forces government to treat protesters injured during Egypt's 2011 uprising the same as injured policemen, granting them increased pensions

Tahrir Square
An Egyptian protester flashes the "V" sign as his fellow protesters evacuate and injury during clashes with security forces, unseen at Tahrir Square in Cairo (Photo: AP)

Lawyers from the Egyptian Centre for Economic and Social Rights have successfully secured a court order obliging the government to pay an increased pension to protesters injured during Egypt’s 2011 uprising.

The verdict stipulated that all those who suffered permanent physical injuries during the uprising would receive a higher pension than normal citizens, according to the severity of their injuries, and regardless of their income.

Lawyers filed the lawsuit after the government decided to financially compensate the families of those killed during the uprising, whether civilians or police.

Policemen forced to resign from their jobs due to injuries sustained in the uprising were also granted an increased pension. However, injured protesters were not originally granted the same pension rights, hence the centre’s lawsuit.

During the uprising that began on 25 January 2011, police used live rounds on demonstrators, killing more than 800 people, and many police stations were torched.

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