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The ACIJLP condemns targeting the Egyptian soldiers through heinous war crimes

Cairo on   26 October 2014

The ACIJLP condemns targeting the Egyptian soldiers through heinous war crimes

The Arab Center for the Independence of the Judiciary and Legal Professions (ACIJLP) expresses its unequivocal condemnation of the criminal practices, taking place in Egypt at this time in all its forms and manifestations, and by whomsoever committed, and regardless of their motivation because they are regarded as criminal and unjustifiable acts. These crimes are intended primarily to undermine human rights and fundamental freedoms and democracy.

In this context, the ACIJLP expresses its deep condemnation and regret on the criminal attack that killed 30 Egyptian soldiers in Sheikh Zuid area, located in the northern Sinai on Friday 24th October 2014 and the subsequent second attack that resulted in 3 victims of Egyptian soldiers in El Arish on Friday October 25th of the same year.

The ACIJLP asserts that the horror of these crimes cannot be justified at all and do not fall within the scope of political dissent under any circumstances. The ACIJLP calls upon the civil societies to express their rejection of such crimes, which reflect the deliberate violation of the right to life in a serious manner.

The ACIJLP also believes that these crimes committed against the Egyptian soldiers and in stereotyped manner are considered to be war crimes, which is one of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole.

The ACIJLP calls upon the Egyptian authorities to put an end to impunity for the perpetrators of these crimes from accountability and prosecution and punishment by taking all legislative, administrative and judicial measures related to the fight against crime and the prosecution and the accountability of those involved in its commission.  Such measures must take into account respect for human rights and the rule of law as the fundamental basis for the fight against this kind of crime.