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ARAB WEST REPORT

(Week 44)

 Expert in African affairs: Clarification that being a woman in Sudan is preferable to being a woman in Egypt

 Dr. Amānī al-Tawīl has explained that the situation for women is much better in Sudan than in Egypt. The Sudanese Women’s Union was formed before Sudanese independence. The Muslim Brotherhood in Sudan holds progressive ideas with regards to women, much more so than those held by the Brotherhood in Egypt. Although the female candidate in the Sudanese presidential elections Fātima ʿAbd al-Mahmūd is not expected to win, her participation in the presidential race reflects the attempt of a Sudanese woman to compete.

 (13th April 2015, Shurūk News, Amānī Abū Nagā)

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Burhamī: Rulings of individual cases in Egyptian courts should conform with Sharia law

 Dr. Yāsir Burhāmī, Vice President of the Salafist Call, has spoken out about a number of matters dealt with by the Egyptian courts, specifically divorce and khulʿ(practice of Islamic law whereby a woman seeks a divorce from her husband but must give him compensation). He declared that divorce in Egyptian courts is void and if a woman remarries after a divorce, her new marriage is invalid and she is considered an adulteress. These rulings are according to Sharia law, and Egyptian law does not disclose exceptions to them.

 (12th April 2015, al-Watan news, Saʿīd Hijāzī)

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The Egyptian Centre of Democracy Studies: “The number of prisoners in Egypt does not exceed 7000”

Human Rights activist Dāliā Zayāda, administrator of the Egyptian Centre of Democracy Studies said that Human Rights Watch resorts to false and inaccurate data to support its view on the human rights situation in Egypt, adding that these data are propagated by the terrorist organization Muslim Brotherhood. She also added that the allegations made by Human Rights Watch on arbitrary arrests taking place in Egypt are false, and that they are impossible to be carried out under the new Constitution and current legislation since the Emergency Law in Egypt was abrogated and all arrests must be registered by the police.

  (11 June, al-Youm al-Sābiʿ, ʿAbd al-Latīf Subh)

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The Press conference for the Victims of the Personal Status Law to analyze their crisis with the Church on Monday

 The Association for the Coptic Victims of the Personal Status Law organizes a press conference on the coming Monday in Cairo to analyze in detail their conflict with the Church, which refuses to allow divorces unless in case of adultery. Hānī ʿIzzat,president of the association, stated that the conference aims at presenting the reality of the facts to the general public, and will include testimonies from the Coptic Victims of the Personal Status law. He added that the issue of the new Personal Status Law for Copts will be discussed in the conference.

  (10 June, al-Youm al-Sābiʿ, Sara ʿAllām)

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