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More Egyptians killed post-Morsi than during 2011 revolution: Rights groups

New report by Egyptian human rights groups argue that numerous violations of rights continue in post-Morsi period

Salma Shukrallah , Saturday 4 Jan 2014
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Dozens of non-Islamist activists and journalists were arrested for holding a protest without a permit, after the endorsement of the new protest law (photo: AP)
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Several Egyptian human rights groups on Saturday claimed that the number of people killed in political violence in the summer after the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi was more than twice as many as those killed in the protests to oust Hosni Mubarak.

According to a report issued by the rights groups, a total of 2,665 people died between July and October 2013 in incidents including terrorist violence.

The figure includes 2,273 people killed at political events, 32 in sectarian clashes, 3 in social protests, 62 while in the custody of authorities, 16 due to excess use of violence from security, 200 in terrorist attacks, 18 during security crackdowns, and 61 due to the negligence of authorities.

Those killed include 11 journalists, 8 doctors, 51 women, 118 minors, 211 students, 174 policemen, and 70 military personnel.

The report, signed by 14 rights groups and published at a press conference on Saturday, argues that the current authorities, who replaced Mohamed Morsi after his ouster in July, are continuing the tactics of the previous government.

“Instead of reforming the mayhem caused by their predecessors and doing what is required to introduce radical reforms to the structure of the state in order to perform its part in the service of the citizen, they turned towards the Muslim Brothers’ practices, including incitement and terrorising people” the report read.

The report estimated the number of those killed during the 2011 protests which led to the ouster of Hosni Mubarak to be 1,075 and the numbers killed by political violence during the period of military rule which followed to be 438. The number killed under Morsi’s presidency was 470.

“The rhetoric of the new regime described it as the authentic representative of the Egyptian people in all walks of life, the protector of genuine Egyptian identity, and Egypt’s saviour from the clutches of the Muslim Brothers. However, if we test the discourse on the ground, we will discover that the officials currently in charge of managing the state do not deviate from the approach of their predecessors,” the report added.

The report said that torture continues against political detainees, “from the moment of arrest, during the detention period and then in prison.”

The report also highlighted violence against the press, stating that between 26 June and 26 August 2013 the Arab Network for Human Rights Information had detected 112 cases of violations against the press.

Nine journalists were killed, five channels were closed and four media offices stormed in the period. The report also stated 52 cases of physical assaults, 27 arrests and 13 cases of confiscations and bans. Those committing the violations include security forces, unknown assailants, Brotherhood supporters and Brotherhood opponents.

The independence of the prosecution was also questioned in the report, which stated that prosecutors depends on police complaints in issuing arrest and detention orders despite their official recognition that these complaints are not sufficient. In addition, the prosecution focuses on investigating evidence of guilt and rarely tries to prove innocence, stated the report.

“They (authorities) continue to promote the premise that the country is in a state of war on terror and that terrorism is represented by the Muslim Brothers...to use it as an excuse and a pretext to infringe upon human rights and even silence critical voices and brand them treasonous,” said the report.

“Since 3 July, we have witnessed rising and widespread waves of terror and violence; terrorism is no longer limited to Sinai but bombings and explosions extended to reach the vicinity of security sites that supposedly are safe,” it added, arguing that the state has also failed to fight terrorism.

The groups also condemned the new protest law which requires permits from authorities as an example of how the regime continues to violate international rights agreements and suppress opposition.

The press conference comes in the wake of several recent prosecutions of high profile non-Islamist activists for involvement in protests. Ahmed Maher, Mohamed Adel and Ahmed Douma received sentences of three years, while Alexandrian activists Mahinour El-Masry and Hassan Mostafa were sentenced on Saturday to two years in jail on similar charges.

Prominent blogger and activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah will stand trial on Sunday on charges of torching the headquarters of politician Ahmed Shafiq, who ran for the presidency in 2012. Abdel-Fattah denies the accusation.

The rights groups that signed the report include the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), Nadeem Centre for the Rehabilitation of Torture Victims, the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights, the Hisham Mubarak Law Centre (HMLC), Nazra for Feminist Studies, Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression, the No to Military Trials campaign, the Cairo Institute for Human Rights, among others.

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Pro- Legittimacy and anti-coup
05-01-2014 08:55am
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Rights double standards
these rights groups mainly gays and feminine camps are well known for their anti Islam.. They compare this coup regime with BH regime...BH were elected fairly and square.. this regime is an extesion of Mubarak regime.. who screwed up Egypt for 30 years... I cannot stand these rights shit groups comparing all these years to 12 months or 52 weeks leasership of BH..BH did not kill nor arrested anyone political or otherwise...
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Wim Roffel
04-01-2014 08:54pm
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same problem, same solution
The Muslim Brotherhood has shown that it hasn't changed since the murder of Sadat and that it still considers terrorism justified. So it shouldn't surprise that the state has picked up its old methods too. Question is whether these are the best methods possible.
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abdulrahman
05-01-2014 05:38pm
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Criminal and Barbaric
Sadat was not murdered by MB. Neither does MB carry out terror acts. The recent terror attacks were conducted by others which probably is sympathetic to MB. Of course the coup regime will use anything to kill MB's reputation. It even accuses 3 Al Jazeera's correspondents as being members of terror organization which rational people find incredible. The US refuses to cite MB as terrorist organization. Let us reflect a little. In one year rule by Morsi there were about 900 mass protests/demo against him and yet how many protesters were killed and injured by security forces. It was the security forces under Mubarak that killed revolutionaries and the military, police and secret agents disguised as civilians under this illegal regime conducted massacres of protesters which is still continuing to date. Now more than a thousand were killed and tens of thousands injured. Does this figure of casualties under Mubarak, Morsi and this illegal regime throw some light of logic as to who were actua
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Allen
04-01-2014 07:58pm
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As the leadership of the brotheood bluntly admited
"We control when violence and terrorism stops." The brotherhood has been comiting more crimes now that their leadership is in cages where they belong. More reason not to negotiate with terrorists
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Olketole
04-01-2014 07:30pm
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Getting what you deserve
The most embarrassing revolution in human history. You guys removed a dictator, have election and then bring back the old guard! Did you think by just removing Mubarak every problem will go away? You should have been patient instead of bringing back the Generals. Now they will f*** you bad time. Enjoy it.
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Aladdin, Egypt
04-01-2014 06:49pm
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Dialogue
Instead of shouting in street, we need to discuss MB know2n criminal history and failure to govern Egypt. They hijacked Islam for their lust for power which is considered "Sherk" B Allah.
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ed
05-01-2014 06:03pm
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shirk
shirk is different from sins. also mb was a big organization you cannot say that about the whole group. fact is they have been willing to go to jail for their ideas and belifs for years. This tends to aruge against the idea that they are using Islam to get power. after all many of them were pretty wealthy, the could have simply joined the NDP if they wanted power. it makes no sense to spend 60 years in and out of jail, as a group, if your goal is power. there are other ways that Dont involve you being beaten in jail. people that want power tend to not like being in jail.
ed
05-01-2014 06:03pm
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shirk
shirk is different from sins. also mb was a big organization you cannot say that about the whole group. fact is they have been willing to go to jail for their ideas and belifs for years. This tends to aruge against the idea that they are using Islam to get power. after all many of them were pretty wealthy, the could have simply joined the NDP if they wanted power. it makes no sense to spend 60 years in and out of jail, as a group, if your goal is power. there are other ways that Dont involve you being beaten in jail. people that want power tend to not like being in jail.
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Reason
04-01-2014 06:37pm
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Truth will set you free
Good to see egypt still has decent people standing up against unjustice, good to hear egypt does not follow blindy people who preach hatred against muslims. We should not forget egypt is a islamic State, 70% voted for muslim parties. Only die hard muslimhaters will try to spread lies because they do not want egypt to succeed. Jail sisi, free Morsi! My egyptian brothers and sisters, rise, unite and fight back peacefully with numbers, they cannot kill millions.
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