stormed universities nationwide today as university students decided to hold
demonstrations against the arbitrary practices of the Egyptian authorities against
In the early hours of Tuesday, the Ministry of Interior announced that assailants driving a car shot and killed three soldiers and wounded nine others. The shooting took place during an armed dispersal of a demonstration by security forces near Azhar University in Cairo.
Students have organised nationwide demonstrations against the arbitrary arrest campaigns and the unlawful verdicts issued against detained students as well as the dismissal of a large number of students from universities for taking stances against the current authorities.
Security forces stormed the universities and fired live ammunition, birdshots and tear gas at students, injuring a large number of students in different universities including Cairo University, Alexandria University, Assiut University, Daqahleya University, Monofeya, Azhar University and Helwan University.
also resulted in the killing of Islam Ahmed Ghanem, a fourth grade student in
the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University. He was killed with a direct
gunshot in the stomach which ended his life at once. Mr Ghanem lost one of his eyes three months ago after being shot by birdshots at the hands of security forces during a protest in Cairo.
Mr Ghanem is now the twenty third student killed inside university campus at the hands of security forces, after Mohamed Ayman was killed last week in Ein Shams University. The first student who was killed inside university campus was Abdelghani Mohamed, a sixth grade medicine student at Al-Azhar University who was killed on 21 November 2013.
Monitor submitted an urgent appeal today to the UN Special Rapporteur on
Extrajudicial Executions, urging him to send a fact-finding mission to Egypt to
investigate the ongoing unlawful killings against protesters and the ongoing
violations to the right to life which is the most sacred right to all people.
HRM urged the UN to urgently interfere with the current Egyptian authorities immediately end the use of live ammunition against protesters and stop violating the right to life and freedom of expression which leads to either direct killing or court verdicts of executions.
Finally HRM urged the current authorities to respect the international treaties it ratified and to work on protecting the lives on civilians instead of violating this right itself.