While it boasts many merits, like allowing photography and filming in public spaces, we want to shed light on some of the other articles that are a cause for concern," Nour Khalil, researcher at ECPPS, said.
In their report, ECPPS had outlined a number of articles they believed could use further revision, mostly due to some ambiguity in the terminology concerning matters like "national security" and the identification of the journalist.
ECPPS further noted that direct executive involvement by the president could compromise the independence of state-run institutions.
Last December, the Egyptian Centre for Public Policy Studies (ECPPS
) launched an initiative, including conferences and a petition, in an attempt to raise awareness about the draft law.
Head of the economic research department at ECPPS Ahmed Abdel Wahab said the centre launched the official website for the Egyptian governorates' performance regarding SMEs.
ECPPS is a non-profit NGO that was established in 2007.
Titled "Oppressed under different regimes--Egypt's Christians between sectarian violence and state negligence," ECPPS's report found a systematic and organized surge in violence against Coptic Christians--mostly in Upper Egypt--since the 14 August dispersal of the pro-Morsi sit-ins at Rab Al-Adaweya and Nahda Square.
ECPPS researchers Ahmed Abdel Wahab and Ahmed Ragab visited each of Upper Egypt's governorates, where the violence occurred on a fact-finding mission.
"The aim is to present such facts to the public opinion and Egyptian decision makers to activate the law, work on protecting the lives and properties of the Egyptian Christians, and ensure no perpetrators of such crimes shall escape the legal accountability," said a ECPPS statement.