House passes law to crack down on illegal migration traffickers
The House of Representatives passed yesterday a law clamping down on illegal migration, Al Shorouk reported. The measure comes after a migrant boat capsized last month off the nation’s Mediterranean coast, killing more than 200. The law stipulates prison sentences of individuals convicted of membership in a criminal ring engaged in the smuggling of people as well as fines equivalent to EGP 50k-200k or the full value of funds prosecutors prove the accused earned from smuggling — whichever is greater. Middlemen and individuals who shelter migrants or arrange their transport will also face prison sentences. Reuters notes the law includes provisions protecting “the rights of migrants to humanitarian treatment and access to healthcare and legal assistance, with special emphasis on women and children” as well as the creation of a cabinet-level committee to coordinate efforts to combat illegal migration.
The House will (hopefully) also be looking into the Local Administration Act when it is introduced next Sunday. The Egyptian Council of State (Maglis El Dowla) will complete this week its review of the law, which introduces local council elections.