The Price of Hope: Human Rights’ Abuses during the Egyptian Revolution

May 18th, 2011 by Editor

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) is releasing its report (The Price of Hope : Human Rights’ Abuses During the Egyptian Revolution).

This report follows a fact-finding committee that was conducted in Egypt in March 2011 and documented the grave human rights violations committed by the security forces against the protesters during the popular uprising.

The investigation covered the period between January 25th and February 11th, 2011, the day President Mubarak stepped down, with a special focus on Cairo, Alexandria and Suez, the cities that witnessed the most violence. 

The committee met with demonstrators, injured victims, relatives of demonstrators who had been killed, human rights, political and religious activists, members of youth groups, lawyers, journalists and doctors. FIDH committee also met with the Prosecutor General and the

 Attorney General, who showed willingness to cooperate with human rights organizations regarding the accurate documentation of the violations,.

FIDH focused its investigation on two types of crimes broadly committed by the security forces during the Egyptian uprising: the murdering and attempting murdering of civilian demonstrators, arresting and torturing protesters.

As for killings, attempted killings and injuries only, FIDH reports that from January 25th until February 11th, 846 people died and 6,467 were injured, including more than 1,000 people suffering permanent loss of sight. Doctors interviewed by FIDH mentioned that demonstrators were shot dead in the upper part of their bodies and in their eyes.

« The aim of the fact-finding committee was to help determining the main responsible people for those crimes in order to end the punishment escape of high ranking officials and officers that have been involved in the perpetration of serious human rights abuses under the regime of former President Mubarak », said Souhayr Belhassen, FIDH President.

The events that took place during the Revolution highlight several crimes identified in the report, in order to tell the Egyptian people about their past regime and institutions, and also to prevent the repetition of the same violations. It is essential that those people responsible for crimes at planning and perpetration levels to be trialed in accordance with the gravity of the crimes committed.

On May 21st, several of those top ranking officials will have their second court hearing for criminal charges before the Criminal Court in Cairo.

FIDH stresses on the right of the accused people to fair trials. The court sessions should run in public in order to be observed by media specialists and human rights activists.

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