Egypt: Emergency Law (Taken Question)
QUESTION: What is the view of the U.S. Government regarding the Supreme Military Council move to revive the emergency law and to extend its application to categories of behavior that previously had not been covered?
ANSWER: Egypt’s transitional government, led by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), has committed itself to carrying out a transition to the free and fair election of a civilian-led government. Critical components of this transition process are rule of law and a respect for human rights. As such, we have encouraged the transitional government to lift the state of emergency immediately. Moreover, we believe that the trials of accused civilians appropriately belong in Egypt’s civilian courts. The SCAF has said publicly they are prepared to eliminate the emergency law as soon as conditions permit, and before parliamentary elections. We have repeatedly encouraged them to do so.