Gov’t June 30 Fact-Finding Committee to issue final report within days
Dispersal of Nahda sit-in - AFP

CAIRO: The official government-sponsored June 30 Fact-Finding Committee investigating the dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda Square sit-ins has said it will deliver its final report to the president by Nov. 5, and focus especially on the dispersals and the burning of churches that followed, Youm7 reported.

Committee deputy head Safwat Ghatas said in a statement Thursday the report is going to be totally different from one issued by Human Rights Watch, which he called “a clear accusation against the Egyptian government, not a fact-finding report.”

Ghatas said the committees report would be neutral and include different studies, statistics and recommendations for the State.

“The committee will deliver its report to the president with all it contains; he is free to decide whatever he wants to announce and publish or not,” committee head Fouad Ryad said, according to Youm7.

Ryad said that most of the recommendations included in the report are legal, not political, as they are documented with videos, eyewitnesses and verified information.

In August, Human Rights Watch issued a report regarding the dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adaweya protest in which it called the government’s actions in dispersing the pro-Mohamed Morsi sit-in “a crime against humanity.”

The 188-page report, titled “All According to Plan: The Rabaa Massacre and Mass Killings of Protesters in Egypt,” took a year to prepare and investigate according to Human Rights Watch, and the organization said at least 1,150 demonstrators were killed by Egyptian security forces in 2013 between July and August.

The Egyptian government responded immediately to the report, releasing a statement rejecting it as “negative, biased and ignorant of the terrorist attacks by the Muslim Brotherhood during 2013 inside Egypt.”

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