Human Rights Watch has called for an impartial investigation into the killing of at least 51 people outside the Republican Guards headquarters on 8 July.
An HRW statement released on Sunday urged Interim President Adly
Mansour to ensure that military officers and police are investigated by
the civilian judiciary, which is independent both institutionally and
practically from the military chain of command.
The rights watchdog cited witness accounts which describe excessive use
of force by both military and police. The prosecution has investigated
only Muslim Brotherhood supporters and leaders for their alleged roles
in the clashes, but not the military and police forces.
“The military has a track record of resorting quickly and excessively
with lethal force to break up protests,” said Joe Stork, acting Middle
East director at Human Rights Watch, said.