A man in a wheelchair takes part in a protest against cuts to state disability welfare payments in London, Britain, March 23, 2016. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
CAIRO - 25 March 2023: Egypt's law on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities heightens the penalty of bullying people with disabilities, sending perpetrators to prison for a period of not less than three years, and not more than five years.
Those charged with bullying people with disabilities will also pay a fine of not less than one hundred thousand pounds and not more than two hundred thousand pounds, or one of these two penalties; the prison and fine.
If the crime was committed by two or more persons, or if the perpetrator was one of the victim’s ancestors, or one of those responsible for his upbringing or observation, or those who have authority over him, or the victim was handed over to him by virtue of the law or by virtue of a judicial ruling, or he was a servant to him or to one of the aforementioned persons, in this case, the minimum penalty shall be doubled.
In the event of recidivism, the penalty shall be doubled in its minimum and maximum limits.
The one who bullies a person with a disability shall be punished by imprisonment for a period of no less than two years and a fine of no less than fifty thousand pounds and no more than one hundred thousand pounds, or one of these two penalties.
The law is consistent with the efforts made by the state to achieve equality and justice among all citizens and to preserve the religious, moral and social values of Egyptian society.
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