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11). org/en/region/egypt/report-2008, date accessed 21 January 2010. Al Masry Al Youm, 15 April 2009. ArticleID=207189, date accessed 21 December 2009. Joel Beinin highlights this deep politicization of the movement while reporting on the Al-Mahalla Al-Kubra Spinning and Weaving Strike in September 2007. html, date accessed 21 December 2009. ec. asp, date accessed 21 January 2010. A number of NGOs working in the field of Economic and Social Rights as well as minor political parties declared the foundation of ‘the Egyptian Committee for Defending the Right to Health’ in March 2007.

Unlike the clauses regulating the provisional detention in the Law on Criminal Procedures, the emergency law does not stipulate a maximum period. org/en/regions/ middle-east-north-africa/egypt, date accessed 21 December 2009. 24. BENAA stands for construction in Arabic. asp, date accessed 21 December 2009. 25. For detailed information about the package of projects see http://www. asp, date accessed 21 December 2009. 26. asp, date accessed 21 December 2009. 27. Information about the mandate and composition of the Ombudsman unit can be found at the web site of the Egyptian National Council for Human Rights.

Indeed, we believe the EU should not sacrifice the objectives of supporting democratic struggles for securing a popularity of its policies in the immediate future. Conclusion In conclusion, one way to summarize what we have tried to argue is to suggest that practices of governance and practices of freedom always 32 EU Democracy Promotion Rethought: The Case of Egypt go hand in hand. The democratic practices of freedom – of following deliberately, of questioning, contestation and even disruption – do not follow from laws and institutions, but always precede them, are in principle available everywhere, are not limited to specific actors and sites, and may sometimes, but not as a matter of course, be sedimented into rules, which are in turn, and always, open to further contestation, deformation and challenge.

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