Egypt: President Morsi Must Intervene Immediately to Halt the Violence of the Security Bodies Against the Demonstrators

press release

Photo: Ahmed Hamed/Aswat Masriya
Protesters set fire to police armoured vehicle (file photo).

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), denounces the excessive use of force by the security bodies against the demonstrations and protests that took place in all over the country for more than a week. ANHRI expressed its deep disturbance to the situations blundering stances of the political leadership toward the serious events that took place in Egypt in addition to clear bias of this leadership against the political opponents without any consideration of their role which suppose to be fully biased to the rule of law and protect the safety and souls of the citizens.

The manifestations of the mutual violence between the Egyptian forces and huge number of protesters have escalated seriously on the night of Friday February 1, 2013, when the central security forces used the tear gas bombs, bullets (cartouche and live bullets) in the face of thousands of protesters who were assembled in front of El-Tihadyah palace which let to tens of injuries and the death of one person at least according to the ministry of health estimations. The clashes led to the random arrests for tens of protesters who been in the scene of events without clear evidences of exercising violence. These forces have brutally assaulted the detainees during arresting them as the satellite TV channels cameras aired the manifestations of these assaulted which reached its climax when soldiers of the central security forces beat a citizen, dragged him and stripped him totally from his clothes.

ANHRI said that "when the protest isn't peaceful, it is allowed for the security forces to disperse it but by specific rules stipulated in the international treaties and charters which Egypt signed and have to implement it. Such rules include the ranging in using the different methods to disperse the demonstration, which starts by convincing and warning methods and then escalated to use the appropriate portion of force to achieve this goal to achieve this goal in order to disperse the demonstration without crossing it to chasing the demonstrators, harassing and arresting them randomly".

ANHRI added that "it is certain that the forces weren't obliged by the rules of the correct dealing with the demonstrations or the riots, the forces aren't keen on the life and safety of the citizens who are presences in the scene of events whether protesters, residents or who crossing their by accident. These forces, sometimes, commit crimes against humanity that could be punished by the international law. The political and security leaderships are responsible for its persistence without the serious intervention of these leaders to halt it or to held the doers into accountant according the law".

ANHRI noted that the violent scenes aired by the TV cameras are just a model and a sample of the police methodology, by its different branches, behind the bars, in the prisons and custody places. Such methodology exposed by tens of documented cases of violating the treatment, torture and killing out the law. Such violations recorded by the rights' organizations in the first months of the president Morsi, which proves that demand to restructuring the ministry of interior, which used by the political, revolutionaries and civil organizations and initiatives. Such decision needs the political and serious will to execute it and there is no way to imagine reaching a solution that return the Egyptian street without being included a clear plan to achieve this demand.

ANHRI said that the president and his government is fully responsible for the escalation of the violence recently and calls on him to immediately intervene it and oblige all the security forces to enforce the law by its provisions and spirit in order to seriously investigate the violations committed by the violations and held the involved persons and responsible into accountant.

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