Transitional justice, firmness vs violent acts 'keys to revolution victory': Activists

Ahram Online, Tuesday 6 Aug 2013

All those involved in crimes of killing protesters since January 2011 uprising should be brought to justice; we defend 30 June to go forward not backwards, says group of revolutionary activists

An adhoc grouping of revolutionary youth said on Tuesday that "issuing a law for transitional justice" should be the government's top priority in order to pave the way out of Egypt's current political strife.

A law should be issued to hold accountable all those implicated in crimes of killing protesters since the January 2011 uprising until now, the group said in a statement. 

"We reject placing the responsibility of [those crimes] on one faction...We call for rule of law and transparency in revealing the truth to the people," the statement read in reference to crimes committed against revolutionaries and protesters both during the period of the former military council rule and Muslim Brotherhood rule.

Any talks on national reconciliation should put forward transitional justice as a basis for moving forward. The transitional roadmap issued by the interim president should be followed and implemented within its time-frame, the statement continued.

The group, however, rejected calls by some for amnesty for all and anyone who committed a crime against the people. It also called on the government to legally, peacefully and decisively intervene to confront any terrorist or armed threat to the country's welfare.

The military deposed Morsi on 3 July, amid mass demonstrations against him, and put forth a political roadmap in cooperation with the opposition, which outlines a time-table for drafting a new charter, new presidential and parliamentary elections.

Since Morsi's ouster, his supporters, led by the Brotherhood, have been protesting nationwide calling for his reinstatement.

In its 10-point statement the revolutionary group also called for combating "any acts of violence or terrorism and any threat to the Egyptian people's safety."

The revolutionary youth group demanded disbanding the Muslim Brotherhood while giving the Islamist organisation the right to reconstitute transparently and in compliance with Egyptian laws.

The group also called for the inclusion of Islamists, represented by their political parties, in the current political process.

Furthermore, the signatories stressed their rejection of claims by some that the movement that forced the Egyptian army to depose president Mohamed Morsi in early July could be described as a coup, insisting on its popular revolutionary character.

However, the group also said that they would combat any attempts by "enemies of the January 25 revolution to use the 30 June uprising to engineer a return to the Mubarak days".

Finally, the activists rejected all foreign interference in the country's political affairs and insisted on the necessity of defending Egypt's national sovereignty.

The signatories included Hossam Moanes, a leading member of Hamdeen Sabbahi's Nasserist Popular Current; Ahmed Douma, a long time activists who did jail time post and pre 25 January; and Israa Abdel-Fattah, an organiser for the April 2008 rebellion against former dictator Hosni Mubarak. 

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