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Counterterrorism strategy and human rights in Egypt after the Arab uprising: A critical appraisal

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Since 2013, the Egyptian regime proclaims that it is involving in ruthless fight against terrorism; its strategy suffers from multiple flaws. It violates basic human rights, restricting freedoms and prohibits opposition against the government by labelling it with terrorist offences. This study investigates the way human rights and counterterrorism is portrait in Egypt's counterterrorism law no. 94 of 2015 in order to illustrate the correlation between counterterrorism discourse and human rights abuse in the post-revolutionary Egypt.

By using the Critical Terrorism Studies (CTS) approach and Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) method to analyse the counterterrorism discourse in Egypt since the outbreak of the Arab Uprising of 2011, the study argues that the real purpose of counterterrorism discourse of the Egyptian regime after 2013 is to (1) construct an atmosphere where the state's violations of human rights are not only normalised or legitimise but also justifiable, uncritically and unaccountable; (2) establish a new legal and political legitimacy for the post 30 of June 2013 regime; (3) silencing all critics and corrective attempts that pursue to constrain authoritarianism and terrorism temptations to risk vulnerable individuals; (4) prevent the efforts of find a solution to terrorism away from military and coercive intervention.
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Original languageEnglish
Article number101385
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalAggression and Violent Behavior
Volume51
Issue number2
Early online date29 Mar 2020
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Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020

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  • Egypt, Counterterrorism, War on Terror, Critical terrorism studies, Discourse analysis, Human Rights, Terrorism studies, Terrorism and political violence, Countering violent extremism, Counterinsurgency, Arab Spring, Postcolonial, History, Middle East, Critical Legal Studies

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