On the anniversary of last year’s Rabaa Massacre, Human Rights Watch has released a report that finds the killing of more than 800 people by Egyptian forces to be planned and methodical.
By: Gianluca Mezzofiore
Egyptian officials planned a systematic massacre of hundreds of demonstrators at two protest camps in what probably amounts to crimes against humanity comparable to the 1989 killing of protesters around China’s Tianamen Square, according to Human Rights Watch.
The New York-based organisation published a 188-page report based on a year-long probe and urged the UN to investigate six incidents in which 1,000 or more unarmed supporters of elected Islamist president Mohammed Morsi were killed around Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in August 2013.
Executive director Kenneth Roth, who was denied access to Egypt on Monday, said the deaths were “one of the world’s largest killings of demonstrators in a single day in recent history”.