Egypt denies rights report about 2014 deaths

Assistant Interior Minister for Human Rights said Egypt's security forces had not killed 283 people in 2014 as the London-based Arab Organization for Human Rights claims

Egypt denies rights report about 2014 deaths

World Bulletin/News Desk

A high-level security official on Wednesday dismissed as "incorrect" a recent statistic issued by an independent rights group about the number of people killed by Egypt's security forces during the past year.

Assistant Interior Minister for Human Rights, Abu Bakr Abdel-Karim, said Egypt's security forces had not killed 283 people in 2014 as the London-based Arab Organization for Human Rights claims in a recent report.

"The organization has been keen on issuing faulty and biased reports," Abdel-Karim told The Anadolu Agency.

He accused the organization of issuing incorrect reports about the conditions of human rights in Egypt as well as on the work of the country's policemen.

Abdel-Karim said policemen did not use arms in dealing with street protests, but only used teargas in dealing with these protests, even as, according to him, most of these protests were "not peaceful."

The Arab Organization for Human Rights accused in a recent report Egyptian police of using live ammunition and "deadly force" in confronting peaceful gatherings.

The organization said the unjustified use of force had led to the death of hundreds of demonstrators as well as other people who happened to be at protest sites.

It added that as many as 283 people were killed by Egyptian police in 2014, including 27 children and eight women.

 

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