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IRRI Condemns Horrific Attack on Refugee Demonstrators in Cairo

(New York and Kampala, 2 January) The International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) today called on the Egyptian government to launch an immediate independent inquiry into the events of Friday, 30 December in Cairo in which over 50 Sudanese refugees and asylum seekers were killed, in the context of an action by Egyptian riot police.

“This appears to be an organized, premeditated violent attack by state forces on a group of refugees and asylum seekers carried out with utter disregard for human life,” said Deirdre Clancy, Co-Director of IRRI.

In the early hours of Friday morning, a team of close to 5,000 riot police acted to forcibly disperse approximately 3,000 Sudanese refugees and asylum seekers who had been involved in a contentious protest outside the offices of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in central Cairo for more than three months. The Sudanese took up residence in a plaza near the UNHCR office seeking at the end of September better treatment from both the Egyptian authorities and UNHCR.

Read the press release here.