Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) expresses worry for the official approval of General Mohamed Ibrahim, the Egyptian Minister of Interior, to import 100000 guns for arming the police soldiers and non-commissioned officers to face the outlaws. The import approval was given on February 16, 2013.(...)
EOHR views that arming policemen and drafting a new law for demonstration creates doubts regarding the way of dealing protesters in the near future. The massive arming of policemen opens the door to new policemen's violations. It could be an indicator to having security measures to deal with the opposition instead of the national dialogue that aims at gathering the political and social powers all together.
EOHR considers that arming the Egyptian police in this way comes in contradiction with Article III of the Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials of the United Nations Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by staff, which stipulates that the use of force must be appropriate with the goal of intended project and the gravity of the crime. when training policing officers, the state should pay special attention to alternatives to the use of force, including the peaceful settlement of conflicts, and understanding the behavior of the public, and methods of persuasion, negotiation and mediation in addition to technical means (including non-lethal weapons and protective clothing for police), as well as the necessity to have an exceptional use of force.