35 Arab NGOs demand fact-finding committee on Egypt

Ahram Online , Monday 2 Sep 2013

Arab and international NGOs call on the Arab League to place the developments in Egypt on top of its next ministerial meeting agenda

Thirty-five mostly Arab NGOs called on Sunday upon the Arab League to prioritise the current political developments in Egypt in its upcoming Ministerial Council meeting on Tuesday and requested a fact-finding committee investigate the recent violence. 

In a letter to Arab League Secretary-General Nabil El-Araby, the NGOs specified that the fact-finding mission on Egypt  was necessary "especially in light of the conflicting claims by the various parties and the mounting rhetoric inciting to violence by all sides". Twenty-two NGOs made a similar call on 29 August.

"In light of the events over past weeks in Egypt, and the ongoing violence by state security forces and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, and the growing human rights violations... we call on the League of Arab States to take an active role in addressing the situation with utmost urgency," the letter to El-Araby read.

The NGOs elaborated that those responsible for any human rights violations should be held accountable.

The 35 organisations include the Cairo Institute of Human Rights Studies, Arab Network for Human Rights Information, Euro Mediterranean Human Rights Network, Committee for the Respect of Liberties and Human Rights, Tunisia, Human Rights and Democracy Media Center (Shams), Palestine, The Collective of NGOs in Sidon, Lebanon, Yemen Centre for Transitional Justice, Lawyers for Justice in Libya, Bahrain Human Rights Society, Iraqi Election Information Network, Human Rights First Society, Saudi Arabia, among others.

Violence raged in Egypt following the 14 August forced police dispersal of two large protest camps held in Cairo and Giza by supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. Around 1,000 people were killed, including nearly 100 policemen, between the time of the dispersal and 21 August in violent clashes nationwide. Meanwhile, dozens of Muslim Brotherhood leaders, were arrested or put on trial, mainly on charges of inciting violence and murder, while hundreds of members and supporters are detained.

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