Criticisms of Rabaa report are political: NCHR
Abdel Ghaffar Shokr - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Deputy head of the quasi governmental National Council for Human Rights (NCHR), Abdel Ghaffar Shokr said Thursday that the criticisms against the fact finding committee report on the dispersal of Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda sit-ins were worthless and political.

Shokr told Youm7 that the report properly showed the violations that occurred during the sit-ins and their dispersal and the recommendations that the council reached.

He said 632 protesters were killed during the dispersal, and he asked that anyone with other names of people murdered announce them.

Shokr acknowledged that the report would not be admired by many factions and sides, and he denied that the report acquitted the police from any violations, noting that the report affirmed that the police did not give the protesters enough time for a safe exit.

NCHR member Nasser Amir said the committee made efforts to issue human rights report about the dispersal, and it may be right and may be wrong.

During an interview with ONTV television channel on Thursday, Amin added that there were some rights activists who did not want the council to issue the report. Still, the council members did released it, because of the importance of the Rabaa dispersal, compared to other rights organizations that merely denounced or criticized but did not collect or present any information.

Amin further noted that the council sent letters to the Freedom and Justice Party and National Alliance to Support Legitimacy requesting further information and statistics for the report, but they refused to deal with the council.

He added that the committee worked among two sides that are in conflict and try to cover up information.

Originally published in Youm7.

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