ALLAH BAKHSH LEGHARI
Egypt is bleeding. unbelievable extent of bloodshed, killings, torture and terror has been adopted by the Egyptian military to keep their control on power amid continuous protests by pro-Morsi Alliance. The situation is alarming and a test for international community for taking effective and immediate measures.
National Alliance for Restoration of Democracy (An alliance of pro-Morsi supporters) has refused to accept the coup and demanding the restoration of democracy and release of Mr Morsi, the first elected President of Egypt. Military establishment having support of judiciary is arguing that people in large number on the streets have given them legitimacy to remove the government and arrest the elected president. The democratic principles and values are clear on the issue that the ballots have real legitimacy and not the people in the streets. The military-sponsored regime has bulldozed the mandate and will of the people of Egypt and have no democratic legitimacy. This is the very reason that Egyptian army is displaying unbelievable brutality. Streets of Cairo are flooded with the blood of innocent people including women and children who are opposing this coup. Peaceful protesters have been burnt alive and mosques destroyed. These protesters are being targeted by snippers of the Egyptian army resulting in deaths and injuries. Injured have been denied access to the hospitals and even doctors helping the injured are being arrested. Hundreds are still missing and there are large number of reports of widespread raids and arrests of anti-coup supporters by the army. These mass killings and bloodshed is a crime against humanity and each and every finger on trigger which caused bloodshed should be held accountable.
International community has condemned these massacres and human rights violations and UN Security Council response was limited to urging all parties in the crisis to exercise “maximum restraint”. Despite International condemnation, mass killings and torture is continued. These cosmetic diplomatic maneuvers of condemnation, calling ambassadors and the tepid statements, are not enough. We are observing that people are dying and world must come together and side with those who have been oppressed in Egypt. Their moral support is much important at this decisive moment.
The regime has no democratic legitimacy and should not be supported by the international community and there should be consensus of international community regarding condemnation of the coup and military takeover. The military rule should not be supported by any state for his strategic and economic interests. America has not officially condemned the coup so far and the autocratic rulers of Saudi Arabia and UAE have supported the military takeover and even these killings which reflect their fear from real democracy in Middle East .Their step has been widely condemned and sparked anger on social media throughout the world. UN and OIC are still directionless although situation demands that they should take a strong stand and should support the democracy and democratic forces in Egypt.
Broader international understanding is needed to feel the helplessness of the victims. Unfortunately Courts of Egypt are supporting this coup and bloodshed and are unable to deliver justice to the victims. Victims have no option to achieve justice in Egypt and this is a real challenge for international conscience and American endless claim of love for democracy, tolerance, human rights and freedom of Expression. Symbolic condemnation is not a substitute for these brutalities. Effective and immediate measures are needed to address this human catastrophe. We should understand the pain and sufferings of the families whose dareones have been taken away or brutally tortured. An indiscriminate slaughter, massacre of innocent men, women and children, cannot be justified in any way, shape or form. These are crimes against humanity and must be ended. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, PM of Turkey has rightly said, “Those who stay mute in the face of the latest developments in Egypt are approving the massacres by their silence and sinking in the blood that’s flowing in the country.”
An immediate step is needed to give justice to the victims by the international community with consensus which will give rise and strengthen the concept of global and international justice. This step will also give a hope to these helpless victims facing state terrorism. In this way a strong message will be delivered by the international community that military leaders with blood on hands are also accountable, no matter how powerful they are. An international commission of inquiry to investigate reports of violations of international human rights law, killings and torture by the military and security agencies of Egypt can be formed by the UN Security Council. Full and impartial investigation is needed to fix the responsibility and exact number of mass killings, torture and forced disappearances must come before the world. Those responsible must be brought to justice and removed from political stage to bring peace in Egypt and the military coup must come to an end.