NCHR to announce final report on Rabaa dispersal
Dispersal of Nahda sit-in - AFP

CAIRO: The National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) is set hold a press conference on Monday in Giza to announce its full fact-finding report of the dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adaweya Square sit-in, according to Youm7.

Head of the council Mohamed Fayek, deputy of the council Abdel Ghaffar Shokr, secretary-general of the council Ambassador Mokhles Qotb, and the members of the council plan to attend the conference.

The council held a conference on March 5 in which it discussed a summarized report of the results of the fact finding committee formed by the council in September.

The report received major criticism, to the extent that even other NCHR members attacked the report and some of them threatened to resort to judiciary and international organizations.

Assistant Minister of Interior for media affairs Abdel Fatah Osman denied the report’s accusation that security forces did not give protesters sufficient time to leave the square. “We started warning protesters through megaphones that forces will start dispersing the sit-in, and we secured a big street for them to leave from,” he added, according to Al-Masry Al-Youm news.

He said the report ignored facts such as the kidnappings and assaults on soldiers and civilians by Muslim Brotherhood protesters claiming they were policemen.

The NCHR blamed supporters of the ousted president Mohamed Morsi for the death of hundreds of protesters during the dispersal of Rabaa al-Adaweya Square sit-in according to BBC. The council said that some protesters used civilians as human shields while fighting security forces.

Additional reporting by Ahmed Mostafa.

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