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Human Rights Watch: Egypt needs to reform riot police

A Human Rights Watch statement stresses that Cairo violence highlights the need to reform riot police, investigate violent response by Central Security Forces and create a code of conduct

Ahram Online, Friday 8 Jul 2011
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A protester takes cover during clashes with riot police in front of the Interior Ministry in Cairo June 29, 2011. (Photo: REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany)
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Human Rights Watch has released a statement highlighting the need for Egypt to reform its riot police, after the clashes between protesters and police on 28 June.

“The video footage of Central Security officers throwing stones back at protesters and firing teargas recklessly is ample evidence of the need for police to follow basic international standards,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch.

“With more demonstrations expected on July 8, the government needs to act quickly to prevent more mayhem and injury.”

The statement then urged the government to “promptly formulate an interim code of conduct for policing demonstrations” and begin an investigation into the misuse of firearms and riot control weapons by police.

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