President Mubarak of Egypt received the right, due to an emergency law,
to suspend constitutional rights, legalize censorship, limit any non-governmental political activity, and imprison individuals whom he pleases without any reasoning. This man came into office in 1981, and used terrorism as an excuse to use and extent emergency law; he’s essentially ruling Egypt as a dictator. Starting on January 25, 2011, protests against Mubarak was happening all over Egypt. Rioters and protesters wanted Mubarak to be expelled from his office, blaming him for human rights abuse. These riots gradually became more and more violent. Eventually, it came to a point where riot police using non-lethal weapons weren’t enough, in that the military was issued to suppress the protests. These protestors were stubborn, and refused to quit unless Mubarak resigned by Monday. In response to this, Mubarak claimed that he would not run in the upcoming election in September. However, people feared that he would use this time in between to select someone of his liking, restarting the cycle once more. However, to every story, there are two sides. There are some supporters of Mubarak who believe he’s trying to improve Egypt and believe the protestors simply want to overthrow Mubarak and bring chaos to this nation. Thus, there were multiple conflicts between these two groups, causing three deaths and hundreds injured.
This news is very critical to read and analyze, because it relates to human rights and democracy, two elements Canada is said to have. Mubarak uses terrorism has a tool to extend martial law, which ultimately permits Mubarak to suspend all constitutional rights. In other words, Mubarak have reigned over Egypt as a dictator. While he was ruling, there was legal censorship, hardly any free elections and free speech, corruption, and accusations of police brutality. Plus, anyone could be jailed without any charges or evidence; in other words, you could be walking down the street, and a police officer could simply come up to you, hand-cuff you, and send you to jail. These occurrences in Egypt are a demonstration of violation of civil rights. Having censorship and not having any free elections disable citizens to view their opinions. In addition, the government hardly took action when the police was accused of being unjust and corrupt. And obviously, giving Mubarak the right to jail anyone he pleases is an offense to civil rights. In essence, by using the emergency law to run the country to his pleasure, Mubarak have been essentially ruling the country under dictatorship. Instead, Egypt’s government must change to a more democratic nation, so that the people are able to elect a leader who reflects the peoples’ views and values.