In 2018, a 19-year young girl committed suicide in Alexandria after being repeatedly and systematically bullied by her colleagues and supervisors because of her skin colour. The girl’s mother testified that her daughter has always been discriminated against because of her black skin colour in school and even after going to nursing institute. In the same year, a woman reported that her 12-year son has committed suicide after being bullied byhis classmates because of his medical condition; the child has been subjected to an accident that caused him serious face and body burns few years ago. These incidents and others have led many people to launch an anti-discrimination campaign on Facebook. Following this campaign, one can see hundreds of comments for people telling their stories of discrimination in Egypt. We can find different modes of discrimination that are based on colour, race, sex, language, nationality, age, disability, caste, and economic class. As a criminal law professional with a human rights background, I decide to reflect on these incidents and see to what extent does the Egyptian Constitution and other laws in their current form can be considered as effective tools to combat and eliminate discrimination and persecution in Egypt. The first section of this article elaborates on the Egyptian Constitution, while the second examines different special laws such as civil code, penal code, and child law. The last part presents few recommendations that could be… click this link to continue reading in the January 2021 Edition 


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