Fact-finding committee on post-Morsi violence offers recommendations

Ahram Online , Wednesday 26 Nov 2014

Radical Islam should be countered via institutions and the media while Police should respect human rights, among other suggestions

The independent fact-finding committee assigned to investigate events in Egypt since the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 announced its findings as well as its recommendations on Wednesday.

In a press conference held at the Shura Council in Cairo, the committee presented its recommendations to the government, police, legislative authority and religious and cultural institutions, as well as the media.

The final report and recommendations were given to President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Sunday.

The president sent the document to the cabinet for discussion, after which it will be sent to judicial authorities to take the necessary actions concerning its findings.

The recommendations are as follows.

The government should:

Compensate all victims killed in militant clashes and proven to be uninvolved in any violence or incitement.

Present a complete vision in order to fight radical thought and the use of religion or money to influence citizens.

Separate between religious preaching and activism for politics, unions and partisan groups, and ban religious political parties in Egypt, in accordance with the constitution.

Stress freedom of expression as long as there are no calls for incitement or the use of violence.

The police force should:

Improve criminal investigations and negotiation skills regarding protests and assemblies.

Adopt CCTV cameras in police stations to monitor proceedings. The film records should be kept for a certain period of time, according to law.

Reconsider the use of birdshot as this kind of ammunition causes severe injuries, like the loss of sight.

Police academy should highlight and stress the respect of human rights in its curriculums.

Cultural, educational & religious institutions should:

Enforce the principles of democracy and human rights and spread the culture of peaceful protesting as a way of expression.

Combat religious radicalism via Al-Azhar institution, which should be a beacon for moderate Islam.

Revise and change the concept of citizenship in the educational curriculum to enforce its true role in society.

Study and analyse the reasons for violence in society to solve the problem, instead of facing violence with only a security solution.

The legislative authority should:

Amend the protest and assembly law.

Issue the witness protest law that was sent from the ministry of justice to the cabinet more than a year ago.

The general prosecution should:

Announce the results of investigations into important events in order to stop all foreign calls to form international investigating committees.

Complete investigations on clashes between pro-Morsi supporters and the Egyptian army by the Memorial of the Unknown Soldier in east Cairo in July 2013 so that those responsible for the killings can be found.

Complete its investigation on the Rabaa sit-in to determine whether or not the victims were protesters from inside the sit-in, and whether some of the dead bodies found there were transferred from outside or were killed at the sit-in.

The media should:

Present TV shows based on professional standards and stop all media campaigns inciting hate, violence and exclusion.

Make sure that TV shows present the truth and expose lies in an objective way and not with disrespect to others or with inciting language.

Support the role of the family by spreading awareness of the need to protect children from radicalism or sympathising with criminals.

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