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Egypt Lacks the Political Will for Needed Security Sector Reform

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

In March 2011, after Hosni Mubarak’s fall, when Egyptian protesters stormed and ransacked the offices of State Security Investigations (SSI) throughout the country, it appeared that efforts to reform Egypt’s chastened police force had achieved broad social and political consensus. Yet, two years later, accountability for past crimes, including those committed during the uprising, remains lacking, and the Ministry of Interior remains wholly unreformed and often brutal.

Scenes of police violence have once again become commonplace, reaching a peak in Port Said in late-January, when more than 30 people, including two police officers, were killed. This weekend’s bloody clashes in Port Said left three civilians and three police dead. Meanwhile, today’s Muslim Brotherhood-led government, much like Egypt’s post-Mubarak interim military leaders, continues to seek security solutions to the country’s intractable political crises and cycles of protest. ...

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