CAIRO: Shortly after the state-run National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) issued its final report Monday on the dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in, doubts arose regarding the report’s numbers and its method of documentation.
Executive manager of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) Tareq Zaghloul told The Cairo Post the report lacks “standards of documentation” and evidence because it did not use testimonies from Muslim Brotherhood members or injured police, or official reports from the Forensic Medicine Authority.
The Brotherhood has also demonstrated an inaccuracy in numbers, Zaghloul added, and has exaggerated the amount of victims following dispersals.
The state-run watchdog’s report stated that 632 people died during the Rabaa dispersal, 1,492 were injured, and at least 800 were arrested, numbers that align with those of a government-formed fact-finding committee.
Chairman of the EOHR Hafez Abu Seada told CBC Extra during a telephone interview Monday that the NCHR report has “many flaws.”
The Brotherhood’s National Alliance to Support Legitimacy also rejected the findings of the report, announcing on their Facebook page following the issuing of the report that it would hold a press conference Tuesday on the “Rabaa massacre.”
The alliance said the conference aims to remind people of the Rabaa and Nahda Square sit-ins and to respond to “lies,” referring to the state report.
Kamal el-Helbawy, a leading Brotherhood defector, told The Cairo Post “it is very natural” that the Brotherhood rejected the report, because they have not accepted any report published after the events of June 30, which they consider a “coup.”
Nasser Amin, head of the NCHR complaints office, told CBC Extra Monday that the fact that both the EOHR and the Brotherhood are rejecting the findings of the report is an indication that the state has succeeded in publishing the truth.
According to the channel’s Twitter account, which tweets guest quotes, Amin said the NCHR relied on different sources “to reveal the truth.”