Scripps College Student Noor Hamdy Co-Authors Article on Egypt’s Timely Amendment of Protest Law

Noor Hamdy ’18, a student at Scripps College majoring in politics and
Middle East and North Africa
studies, and whose research interests are in Egyptian politics has co-authored an article for The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy. While serving as an intern this summer at The Tahrir Institute, Hamdy wrote about the changes to Egypt’s protest law that has, since 2013, restricted the rights of citizen activists to engage in peaceful demonstrations or protests. Hamdy, with her co-author Brad Youngblood, examines the timing of the unexpected policy shift and what officials stand to gain from it. Egypt’s controversial protest law has resulted in the detention of tens of thousands of protesters. The proposed amendments could in theory decrease the jail terms or potentially eliminate prison penalties imposed on peaceful protesters in a retroactive manner.