Evidence that the Egyptian security forces have once again used unwarranted live fire and other excessive force underlines the crucial need for police reform.
As Egypt braces for rival political rallies this Friday, its security forces must do more to protect protesters from violent attacks and avoid using excessive force against peaceful gatherings.
On 5 July 2013, four Coptic Christian men were killed by local residents in the Nagah
Hassan district of Dab’iya village, some 18 kilometres west of Luxor. At least four other
Security forces stood by and failed to intervene during a brutal attack on Coptic Christians in Luxor.