The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights calls on the Supreme Council of Armed Forces to immediately investigate the events of the 9th of April and punish the perpetrators
April 10th, 2011 by Editor
The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) expresses its deep concern regarding the excessive use of force by the military police against protestors in Tahrir Square yesterday, Saturday 9/4/2011. This led to the death of protestors and the injury of 71 others. EOHR calls for an immediate investigation in this incident and for the punishment of its perpetrators to ensure it would not reoccur. EOHR is also calling for the immediate release of the 41 detainees who have been arrested during this incident.
Tens of thousands of Egyptians have started arriving to Tahrir Square starting Friday morning to participate in what has been called the “Friday of Trial and Purification”. Many different political forces invited to this event for a symbolic trial of Mubarak and a number of his regime’s leaders and also to restore the money which was smuggled abroad. The demands also included the dissolution of the National Democratic Party (NDP) and the local councils in addition to prosecuting those involved in killing protestors of the revolution of the 25th of April on and setting a time schedule for ousting governors and meeting the demands of the revolution.
In the first hours of the early dawn of Saturday, 9/4/2011, agents from the military police used force in dispersing the protestors in Tahrir Square and chasing them in side streets using electrical sticks and clubs. They arrested around 41 people and charged them with “violating the military ruler’s order of not gathering”. On Sunday 10/4/2011, 11 of those detainees were released.
Mr. Hafez Abu Saeda, the Chairman of EOHR, condemned the use of force in dispersing peaceful protests according to the constitution and the international human rights conventions. He called for the prosecution of whoever issued the order of shooting live ballots on protestors to disperse the demonstration of purification and also to prosecute former regime.
Abu Saeda expressed his disapproval of the participation of any of the members of the armed forces or security forces in their uniforms in peaceful demonstrations and protests. He also confirmed the necessity of using a negotiation mechanism to disperse any peaceful gathering.
In that regard, EOHR calls on the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) to immediately investigate the incident of assault on demonstrators and immediately punish its perpetrators. The investigation should discover who is behind issuing the order of shooting live bullets on protestors and its results should be announced to the public so that the incident wouldn’t reoccur. This is to protect the good relationship between the army and the Egyptian people on the one hand and the army and protestors on the other hand and also to protect the gains of the revolution of the 25th of January. EOHR also calls for the immediate release of those who were detained for using their legitimate right of peaceful protest and for prosecuting the former regime and its corrupt supporters who are involved in cases of illegitimate profiteering.
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