U.N. Calls for a Full Investigation into Egypt’s Rabaa Massacre  


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called, on Saturday, for conducting a full investigation into the killing of hundreds of civilians at the hands of the Egyptian police and army forces during the dispersal of Rabaa sit-in, east of Cairo, Egypt, on August 14, 2013, according to Rassd News Network.

The deputy spokesman of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Farhan Haq, said: Ban Ki-moon believes it is very important to conduct a full investigation into the killing of hundreds of civilians during the dispersal of Rabaa Al-Adaweya square’s sit-in on August 14, 2013″.

Commenting on the calls for the establishment of an international commission to investigate the massacre and to prosecute the perpetrators, Haq confirmed, according to Anadolu Agency, that “the UN Human Rights Council is the body authorized to establish a committee to investigate all human rights violations resulting from the mass killings of protesters (in Egypt) during that day.”

The UN Secretary-General emphasized “the importance of respecting the right to peaceful protest and freedom of assembly” during the demonstrations that the anti-coup protesters and supporters of legitimacy intend to organize on the third anniversary of the dispersal of Rabaa sit-in. ”

The Egyptian police forces, backed by troops from the army, on August 14, 2013, dispersed the Rabaa and Nahda sit-ins, killing and injuring hundreds, if not thousands, of the pro-legitimacy protesters and supporters of President Mohamed Morsi, the first democratically elected civilian president of Egypt.