CAIRO: The High Commissioner for Human Rights is “deeply disturbed” by the death of at least 20 people in Egypt since Friday, according to a Tuesday statement by Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, who urged the government to bring an end to the “excessive use of force” by security personnel.
Zeid also condemned the murder of two policemen shot at a checkpoint in Haram district in Giza, and the death of an officer during clashes between protestors and security forces in Mataria, northern Cairo, Sunday.
At least 97 people were injured in Cairo and Giza; Sharqia, Menoufia, and Kafr el-Sheikh in the Delta; and Minya in Upper Egypt during protests commemorating the fourth anniversary of the 2011 uprising in that led to the ouster of then-President Hosni Mubarak.
“Hundreds of people have died during protests against successive governments since January 2011, and there has been very little in the way of accountability,” Zeid said. “The long-term stability of Egypt is only possible if fundamental human rights are respected. It is in the interests of all sides to engage in meaningful dialogue and to make efforts to find peaceful solutions to Egypt’s many problems.”
The U.S. and the U.K. had condemned the violence between protesters and security forces since the anniversary on Monday.