FAQ: Law on the Treatment of Senior Military Commanders

On July 25, 2018, Egypt’s Parliament issued Law 161/2018 on the treatment of senior military commanders. The law gives the president the absolute authority to designate special military privileges for commanders, including legal immunity against prosecution for crimes. Under the law, designated commanders are treated as ministers domestically while enjoying the immunities and privileges of diplomatic personnel while abroad.

To mark 100 days since the passage of the law, the Cairo Institute for Human Rights (CIHRS) responds to ten frequently-asked questions about the law. The answers to these questions address the law’s significance and the implications of its application.