May 17th, 2011 by Editor
Imbaba incident between the absence of security and law enforcement complications
On May 17, 2011, the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) released its report on Imbaba violence incident in a press conference at EOHR premises.
Mr. hafez Abu Seada, the head of EOHR emphasized that the absence of security contributed to the deteriorated situation in Imbaba area. He also added that in this era of the democratic transformation, Egypt is suffering a severe institutional disintegration and law-enforcement disabilities, especially in the shadow of the absence of the Egyptian security. The Egyptian environment is still open for the anti-stability promoters.
Abu Seada linked the sectarian violence in Imbaba with other suspended issues between Muslims and Christians in Egypt like the cases of Wafa Koastantin and Kamilia Shehata and arranging protests threatening the cathedral in Abbasia and removal of a Christian person’s ear in Kena. Muslims also opposed having a Christian governor to Kena Governorate and asking for releasing the girl that was detained in Mary Mina Church in Imbaba after getting married to a Muslim.
According to Mr. Hafez Abu Saeda statement, the eyewitnesses in Imbaba did not accuse Muslims or even Christians for the violence. Most of the locals stated that external gangs and thugs were involved in this violence in Imbaba. They also added that the incident was previously planned; many kinds of weapons and Molotov bottles were in the area.
Abu Seada recommended the radical solutions to face the inherited problems in addition to imposing the rule of law and taking the perpetrators to accountability according to the Egyptian laws.
The report called for the immediate return of the police to the Egyptian streets to spread security and punishing the perpetrators according to law no. 102 of the police. The army also should spread its troops in the security-deteriorated areas to face any security crises.
The report called also for the cooperation of the national institutions headed by the Ministries of Endowment, Education, Interior, Al Azhar, Churches, civil society and political parties in order to place a long term strategy for saving the country from the sectarian practices and protecting the revolutionary achievements.
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