Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Egypt Can Dismiss Professors for Political Activities Under New Decree

The Chronicle of Higher Education
January19th, 2015

University professors in Egypt can be dismissed for participating in on-campus political-party activities under a decree issued last week by the country’s president, Daily News Egypt reports. The decree, which amends a law that regulates university affairs, also allows professors to be dismissed for participating in violence or riots on campuses, or for bringing to a university facility any weapons, explosives, or other materials that can cause harm.
Hany El-Hosseiny, a professor at Cairo University, said the new amendments were the latest in a series of moves by the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi that treat universities as “a security threat.” Two main problems with the amendments, he said, are that they penalize “acts that are hard to define and identify” and that they criminalize “things that should be allowed.”
“Teaching staff members have the right to participate in political parties’ activities in their workplace just as any citizen,” Mr. El-Hosseiny said.

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