Egypt cabinet to form fact-finding committee for post 30 June violence

Ahram Online, Monday 16 Sep 2013

Interim cabinet commissions National Council for Human Rights to document violent events since Morsi's ouster

Egypt cabinet
Egypt cabinet (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Egypt’s interim cabinet approved a decision to form a fact-finding committee to investigate the violent events that followed the 30 June protests.

The cabinet said in a statement on Monday that it has commissioned the National Council for Human Rights to collect and record data from the events that followed Morsi’s ouster, including several deadly clashes.

The committee could use the help of Egyptian experts or even international figures, the statement added.

The committee is expected to present its report within three to four months.

Since Morsi’s ouster, Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters have staged demonstrations nationwide. Violent clashes have frequently erupted between Morsi loyalists and their opponents or security forces. Most notable are the July clashes at the Republican Guard and the Memorial of the Unknown Soldier.

In addition, the forceful dispersal of two pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo on 14 August by security forces triggered a wave of nationwide violence, resulting in the deaths of around 900, including 100 policemen.

Contradictory reports have emerged on these incidents, with various groups alleging blame for the use of force and resultant deaths.

Several rights organisations have condemned increased levels of violence in Egypt within recent months.

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