One year on: no justice for victims of mass killing in Egypt

Egypt Solidarity

hrw_14augreportcoverOne year after Egyptian security forces moved in to clear protesters from Raba’a al-Adawiyya Square and other protest camps across the country, killing at least 1000, Human Rights Watch said those responsible for the massacre were likely to have committed a crime against humanity.

In a report issued on 11 August, HRW documented the deaths of 817 protesters killed on 14 August 2013, and presented evidence showing that events on the day had unfolded as a pre-meditated act of state murder. Tens of thousands of protesters supporting the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi were crammed into Raba’a al-Adawiyya Square in. Security forces opened fire within minutes of announcing the dispersal of the camp, killing hundreds of protesters, including children, with shots to the head, neck and chest. Protesters were given no safe route out of the camp, as the security forces blocked all the entrances, in some cases firing on those…

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