Human Rights Monitor calls on the Egyptian authorities, the military, the police and all security forces to exhibit the highest level of restraint. HRM urges them not to use any forms of ammunition or internationally banned weapons to disperse protests planned for today November, 28, just as they did during the Rabaa, Nahda and other sit in dispersals which resulted in the mass killing of peaceful protestors.
HRM warns of the peril of using excessive force against protestors and committing crimes against humanity violating international human rights laws. It also warns against the distribution of arms and live ammunition among forces nationwide since there will be no control over the killings.
HRM urges the respect of all human rights laws most particularly the right to exist in which no power has the right to seize from any individual. It adds that any nation is obliged to enforce its citizens' right to freedom of expression and protests enshrined in the international convention for civil and political rights stipulated in the International Human Rights Agreement.
This comes in the wake of calls to protest nationwide on 28 November 2014, in condemnation of the continued killings, oppression, and torture of the regime's opposition on the grounds of combating terrorism and imminent civil unrest and vandalism.
With the calls to protest, TV hosts loyal to the regime have been vocal opposing the calls urging authorities to quell any dissent on 28 November encouraging the use of live ammunition against the crowds. In fact threats have been made by officials that any threat to police facilities will be met with force and if necessary with live rounds.
HRM expresses its deep concern regarding the statements issued by officials and calls on the Egyptian authorities and its security forces to deal peacefully with protestors without the use of force. Lastly it holds the regime responsible for the civilians' lives and wellbeing and protection of rights as stipulated in all Egyptian and International conventions.