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Anti-government protests in Bangkok 25
Bangkok, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
30 Nov 2013

One anti-government protester challenges police at Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB). Recently, several violent incidents have marred the protests. Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013.

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Egyptian Activists Establish “Egyptia...
Cairo, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
03 Oct 2012

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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A Member of Parliament at the "Save t...
Egypt
By Sohip Saad
29 Apr 2012

Hatem Abdel Azim, member of the People's Assembly, or "lower house" of Egypt's Parliament, addresses protesters during "Save the Revolution" Friday (April 27, 2012).

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Egypt's Parliament Decides 100-Member...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
17 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 17, 2012

Egypt's Parliament Speaker Mohmed Saad al-Katatni announced on Saturday, March 17, that the 100-member committee that will be responsible for writing the country's new constitution will be composed of 50 parliamentarians and 50 figures from outside the parliament.

The announcement came in the second joint meeting of Egypt’s two houses of parliament, the People's Assembly and the Shura Council, after vote counting on the parliament representation in the constitution panel.

Some members recommended all panel members should be MPs, others recommended the opposite and some recommended a joint panel of MPs and other figures.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Egypt Parliament Speaker Mohamed Saad al-Katatni:
"The recommendation with majority of votes is the one necessitating the formation of the constitution-writing committee to include 50% from the parliament and 50% from outside the parliament including all institutions, authorities, civil society organizations and public figures."

Islamists represented in the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) and the Salafi Al-Nour Party voted for a joint panel of parliamentarians and non-parliamentarians, while most liberals recommended that most panel members should be from outside the parliament to avoid Islamic influence on Egypt’s new constitution.

Others see that honesty and sincerity are more important than being from inside or outside the parliament.

Egypt's current constitution was passed in 1971 and was amended twice ever since, with controversial articles that led to dictatorship and one-man rule according to analysts.

The 100-member panel will be assigned with writing a new constitution that copes with the aspirations of January 25 Revolution.

SHOTLIST:

1- Various shots of the second joint meeting of Egypt’s two houses of parliament, the People's Assembly and the Shura Council
2- Various shots of Parliament Speaker Mohmed Saad al-Katatni speaking during the meeting
3- Various shots of the attendees
4- Clouse up, a sign reading "Voting Supervision Committee"
5- Various shots of the voting process inside the conference hall
6- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Egypt Parliament Speaker Mohamed Saad al-Katatni:
"The recommendation with majority of votes is the one necessitating the formation of the constitution-writing committee to include 50% from the parliament and 50% from outside the parliament including all institutions, authorities, civil society organizations and public figures." 7- Various shots of the meeting and the attendees
8- Various shots of ballot boxes on tables during the meeting
9- Medium shot of the attendees
10- Various external shots of the People's Assembly
11- Various external shots of the Shura Council

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Egypt's Parliamentary Elections
Cairo, Egypt
By David
03 Dec 2010

A poster of independent candidate Gamila Ismael has been ripped apart outside of a polling station in central Cairo.

The Egyptian parliamentary elections kicked off Sunday morning as voters went to polls nationwide to select a new People's Assembly. The ruling NDP party is expected to sweep the results, with many of the opposition parties reporting abuse and fraud throughout the country. Poling stations in Shubra Al-Kheima and Garden City were mostly peaceful with police and security forces in and around the polling centers.