Rights groups condemn Cairo Univ bombing, police's approach to terrorism
Ahram Online, Thursday 3 Apr 2014


Several Egyptian human rights groups issued a statement on Thursday condemning the 'criminal' bombings at Cairo University and also the performance of the country's security forces in the ongoing fight against terrorism.

The groups said Wednesday's triple-bombings outside Cairo University, which killed a top police officer and injured another five, are a worrying development since they subject the lives of students and teachers to danger.

"The organisations demand an investigation and for the culprits [to face] a fair trial without rushing to make premature accusations," the statement read.

The statement's signatories include: the Arab Network for Human Rights Information; El-Nadeem Centre for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture; the Egyptian Centre for Economic and Social Rights; the Cairo Centre for Human Rights Studies; the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression and others.

Heaping criticism against security forces – whose crackdown against supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi has led to daily clashes with pro-Morsi students – the statement added that rights groups had previously warned against employing a security-minded approach to deal with such attacks.

"The increase in oppressive practices and random arrests will only increase terrorist crimes. Resorting to brute force in confronting violence, whether from terrorist groups or individuals, and resorting to vengeful violence due to a lack of justice has proved to be a failure," the statement asserted.

It is necessary to find an overarching solution based on justice to guarantee that the real criminals don't escape punishment, the statement said.

At least 12 students have been killed in clashes since the start of the fall semester last September. The spring semester was postponed twice due to security concerns.

More than 200 members of the police and army have been killed in militant attacks and bombings since the violent dispersal of the main pro-Morsi sit-in in August, when hundreds of protesters were killed.

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