Middle East Online, May 13, 2010
Some 10,000 people are being held under the emergency law
Rights groups warn Egyptian emergency law may be used to influence outcome of elections.
CAIRO – Egyptian human rights groups on Thursday protested over the renewal of a decades-old emergency law, fearing it could be used to influence the outcome of elections in Egypt over the next two years.
The Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights and the Arab Centre for the Independence of the Judiciary, in a joint news conference, condemned parliament’s renewal of the law in a government-backed vote on Wednesday.