Egypt Daily Update- March 17: NCHR Releases Full Report on Rabaa Dispersal; Doctors Reject Mehleb’s Call to End Strike

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Tuesday, March 17, 2014
  • NCHR Releases Full Report on Rabaa Dispersal
  • Doctors Reject Mehleb’s Call to End Strike
  • Trial of Alaa Abdel Fattah, 24 Others Set for March 23
  • Muslim Brotherhood Blamed for Checkpoint Attack

NCHR Releases Full Report on Rabaa Dispersal

The National Council for Human Rights released the full report of the results of a fact-finding investigation on the dispersal of the Rabaa’ al-Adeweya sit-in on Monday. The report stated, “the sit-in caused a split within society and left 632 people dead, 1492 injured and nearly 800 arrested.” According to the report, the investigations focused on “the most brutal and outrageous violations” of the sit-in from June 28 until August 14. The NCHR also screened videos of violations committed by police, including the shooting of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed al-Beltagy’s daughter, Asmaa al-Beltagy, during the press conference. NCHR president Mohamed Fayek told reporters “We only tell the truth, which is the start of any transitional justice.”

NCHR: We told the truth about the Rabaa sit-in dispersal” Egypt Independent (English) 03/17/2014
1,492 people injured during Rabaa dispersal: NCHR” Ahram Online (English) 03/17/2014

Doctors Reject Mehleb’s Call to End Strike
Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb called on striking doctors Sunday to suspend their strike for three months in order for his government to consider and address their demands. After discussing the issue at Saturday’s Cabinet meeting, Mehleb met with Health Minister Adel al-Adawy and representatives of the Doctor’s and Pharmacists’ Syndicates declaring their demands “legitimate.” Head of the striking committee Ahmed Shosha told al-Ahram that the doctors rejected Mehleb’s request, demanding higher wages and increased public healthcare spending.

Egypt PM calls on doctors to suspend strike” Aswat Masriya (English) 03/17/2014
Doctors refuse Egyptian PM’s request to suspend strike” Ahram Online (English) 03/17/2014

Trial of Alaa Abdel Fattah, 24 Others Set for March 23
Alaa Abdel Fattah and 24 others charged with illegal protesting will stand trial March 23. Abdel Fattah has been detained for over 100 days without trial since his arrest in late November.  In related news, a journalist working with Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Freedom and Justice, Samah Ibrahim, was sentenced to one-year imprisonment with hard labor Monday for disturbing the peace and opposing the constitution. She was among nine arrested at a rally against the referendum on constitutional amendments in January.

Trial date set for Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel-Fatah and 24 others” Ahram Online (English) 03/15/2014
Egyptian journalist gets year in prison for ‘opposing constitution’” Ahram Online (English) 03/17/2014

Muslim Brotherhood Blamed for Checkpoint Attack

Six military officers were killed in an attack on a checkpoint near Cairo Saturday. Military officials claimed unidentified Muslim Brotherhood members shot at the six officers as they prayed neared the checkpoint. Both Jamiat al-Islamiya and the Muslim Brotherhood denounced the attack in statements, emphasizing the need “to preserve the lives of citizens, their property, blood, and freedoms.” Interim President Adly Mansour called on the Muslim Brotherhood to abandon violence adding that he has participated “in any negotiations with the Brotherhood.” The statement came following an emergency meeting of the National Defense Council discussing the attack. Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb also convened his Ministerial Cabinet Saturday evening. The Cabinet made the decision to increase security around vital and strategic utilities.

Military Spokesperson says Muslim Brotherhood killed military personnel in Shubra al-Kheima” Egypt Independent (English) 03/15/2014
Jamaa al-Islamiya, MB denounce killing of 6 military personnel” Egypt Independent (English) 03/16/2014
Muslim Brotherhood should abandon violence: Interim President” Egypt Independent (English) 03/17/2014
National Defence Council holds meeting after attack on military checkpoint” Aswat Masriya (English) 03/15/2014
Cabinet holds emergency meeting over conscripts’ shooting” Daily News Egypt (English) 03/16/2014
Egypt to purge terrorism – Interior Minister” Aswat Masriya (English) 03/16/2014

– Hainer Sibrian (Any questions, comments, or suggestions can be sent to