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HRW: Likely crimes against humanity

Published:Wednesday | August 13, 2014 | 12:00 AM


Human Rights Watch (HRW) disclosed yesterday that Egypt's security forces likely committed crimes against humanity when it crushed Islamist protests last year, comparing the bloodshed to China's Tiananmen Square massacre and calling for a United Nations investigation into the role of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, and his security chiefs.

In a 188-page report, the rights group accused security forces of deliberately using excessive force against supporters of Mohammed Morsi, the Islamist president ousted by el-Sissi last summer. It called the crushing of the main protester sit-in at Cairo's Rabaah el-Adawiya Square last August, the "world's largest killings of demonstrators in a single day in recent history."

The Egyptian government angrily rejected the report. After barring Human Rights Watch executives from entering the country to issue the report, it accused the group of bias and implied it was serving the agenda of the Muslim Brotherhood group, from which Morsi hails and which the government labelled a terrorist group.