Saturday, December 31, 2005

Egypt 'must probe Cairo violence'

Egypt 'must probe Cairo violence'

Egypt: Investigate Police for Sudanese Deaths

Twenty Migrants Killed in Raid
President Husni Mubarak should urgently appoint an independent commission to investigate the use of force by police against Sudanese migrants demonstrating in a makeshift camp in Mohandiseen, Cairo, Human Rights Watch said today. At least 20 persons reportedly died.

Given Egypt’s terrible record of police brutality, an independent investigation is absolutely necessary to assess responsibility and punish those responsible.

Joe Stork, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East & North Africa division
"The blood is still on the sidewalks, and already the government is blaming the Sudanese refugees and migrants" said Stork

The Sudanese migrants have been protesting outside the offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees since September 29 seeking to be relocated to other countries. The evident planning of the police operation to clear the park in Mohandiseen suggested that the police acted on the basis of a high-level policy decision. Human Rights Watch called for an investigation that looked at all levels of the police command, including the role of Interior Minister Habib al-`Adli.