Egyptian Activists Establish “Egyptian Constitutional Front” To Address Constitution-Writing Panel

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Egyptian political activists, legal experts, NGO members and human rights activists held a press conference on Wednesday, October 3, to announce the formation of the “Egyptian Constitutional Front”, which they consider as a new constitution-writing panel to draw a new representative constitution.

They expressed rejection to the current Islamist-dominated constitution-writing panel, which they expect will not fully tackle human rights issues, aiming to place the goals of the revolution in the new constitution.

According to founding members, the Egyptian Constitutional Front aims to draft a democratic constitution based on the principles of citizenship and respect of human rights.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Hafez Abou Seada, Chairman of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR):
“Constitutions are established through agreement even if there is a minority of 10%. They should feel that they are partners of making the new constitution. The big mistake and catastrophe was that the constitution-writing panel was subjected to the majority. The majority is changeable and the constitution governs all Egyptians. Therefore, I believe that the wise people inside the Islamic trend have to return once again to Egyptian national unity.”

They also highlighted the importance of entrenching certain rights into Egypt’s new constitution, including freedom of the press, the right to peaceful protest, and a wide range of economic and social rights.

The attendees expressed rejection of giving the authority to form the constitution panel to the President again in case of the dissolution of the current panel.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – George Ishaaq, political activist and founder of Kefaya Movement:
“We should be careful when we offer the new draft constitution and discuss it with the people. It is Egypt’s post-revolution constitution, so it has to be completely different than that of pre-revolution Egypt.” The current panel was elected by the members of the People's Assembly (the lower house of the parliament) and the Shura Council (the upper house of the parliament) before the dissolution of the People's Assembly.

The panel still faces the risk of dissolution by court order on the grounds that it was drawn up by the dissolved lower house of parliament.

Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of the panel on October 9.

Founders of the Egyptian Constitutional Front include former MP Amr Hamzawy, editor in chief of Al Alam Al Youm Newspaper Saad Hagras, board member of Al Wafd Political Party Essam Sheha, and member of the journalist Syndicate Gamal Fahmy.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: October 3, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: October 3, 2012
Length: 0:02:07
Video Size: 104 MB
Language: Arabic
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1- Wide shot of the press conference, the attendees at the conference hall
2- Various shots of the conference, speakers and the attendees
3- Medium shot of one of the attendees speaking during the conference
4- Medium shot of cameramen filming during the conference
5- Medium shot of Hafez Abou Seada, Chairman of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) speaking during the conference
6- Wide shot of the attendees at the conference hall
7- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Hafez Abou Seada, Chairman of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR):
“Constitutions are established through agreement even if there is a minority of 10%. They should feel that they are partners of making the new constitution. The big mistake and catastrophe was that the constitution-writing panel was subjected to the majority. The majority is changeable and the constitution governs all Egyptians. Therefore, I believe that the wise people inside the Islamic trend have to return nonce again to Egyptian, national unity.” 8- Various shot of the conference, speakers and the attendees
9- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – George Ishaaq, political activist and founder of Kefaya Movement:
“We should be careful when we offer the new draft constitution and discuss it with the people. It is Egypt’s post-revolution constitution, so it has to be completely different than that of pre-revolution Egypt.”
10- Various shot of the conference, speakers and the attendees

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