Thursday, May 25, 2006

Egyptian judges come out in force

Egypt's venerable judicial system is reasserting itself as a protector of rights. In recent years, the courts have sometimes meekly assented to abuses of power, but this week's demonstrations are important for perhaps reclaiming judicial autonomy. You can be sure the demostrations are being widely watched and admired by Egyptians.

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Egyptian judges come out in force: "At least 300 Egyptian judges have joined a protest against the government over interference in the judiciary.

The judges stood in silence outside the High Court in Cairo to press their demands for full independence.

Hundreds of police surrounded the court and prevented journalists and other activists from joining the protest."

Also see the Arabist for on-the-spot reportage and commentary.

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