World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Amnesty condemns attacks against civilians in Taba

Egypt: Amnesty International condemns attacks against civilians in Taba

Amnesty International condemns in the strongest terms the bomb attacks which claimed the lives of more than 30 civilians and injured more than 100 others in the Sinai region of Egypt on 7 October 2004. The car bomb attacks on three hotels in and around the tourist resort of Taba targeted civilians, Egyptians and foreigners alike. According to the Egyptian Public Prosecutor those killed included 14 Israelis and nine Egyptians.

Such deliberate attacks against civilians constitute crimes against humanity and can never be justified under any circumstance. Amnesty International has repeatedly condemned suicide bombings and other attacks against civilians carried out by armed groups in the region and elsewhere.

The bomb attacks are believed to have been timed to coincide with the large presence of Israeli tourists in the area due to the Jewish holidays. While an unknown Islamist group has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attacks, no further details are yet known about the perpetrators.

Hundreds of people have reportedly been rounded up by the Egyptian authorities in connection with the bomb attacks. States have a duty to take measures to protect persons within their jurisdiction and to bring to justice those responsible for such attacks. However, any such measures must comply fully with international human rights law. Notably, concrete steps must be taken by the concerned authorities to ensure that suspects are not subject to torture or ill-treatment and are given the right to a fair trial. Amnesty International is also concerned that anyone convicted for these or other such attacks should not be sentenced to death.

Egypt in the AI Report 2004:

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>


Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>


Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>


  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC