Violences in Egypt on unprecedented scale: AI

BBC Online :
Egypt has seen violence “on an unprecedented scale” since the army ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi last July, Amnesty International says.
The human rights organisation accused security forces of regularly committing abuses and said rights and liberties in the country are being eroded.
Amnesty’s report comes two days before the third anniversary of uprising that forced President Hosni Mubarak to quit.
Egypt has not yet officially commented on the report.
Amnesty’s Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui said in the report: “Egypt has witnessed a series of damaging blows to human rights and state violence on an unprecedented scale over the last seven months.
“Three years on, the demands of the ’25th January Revolution’ for dignity and human rights seem further away than ever. Several of its architects are behind bars and repression and impunity are the order of the day.”
The report says 1,400 people have been killed in political violence since President Morsi was forced from office by the army in July, after weeks of mass protests.
There has been “no proper investigation” into the deaths of more than 500 Morsi supporters when the army forcibly dispersed their sit-in protest in Rabaa al-Adawiya Square last August, the report noted.
“Instead of reining in the security forces, the authorities have effectively handed them a mandate for repression,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui.

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