Arab Spring

Parts of Egypt's New Constitution Raise Rights Concerns

As in, it subordinates protection for individual rights to religion and the state


The draft constitution approved by Egypt's constituent assembly approves some significant changes from the controverisal drafts first circulated last month.

Article 35 and article 36 protect Egyptians from arbitrary detention and torture, respectively; those provisions were absent from earlier drafts. Others amendments protect the freedoms of assembly and association.

But many aspects of the constitution, approved in the early hours of Friday morning, are still unpopular with Egyptian and international rights groups and activists. Below are a few of the most controversial areas.