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16 Egyptian rights groups condemn sectarian violence against Copts
A statement signed by 16 rights groups accuses Islamists of inciting violence and blames state for failure to protect Egyptian Christians
Ahram Online , Wednesday 7 Aug 2013
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A teargas canister is fired by Egyptian riot police into the compound of the Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in April 2013 (Photo: AP)

A number of Egyptian human rights organisations condemned on Wednesday what they described as “clear incitement to violence and religious hatred” by the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood and their allies.

Sixteen rights groups issued a joint statement expressing "grave concern regarding the increasing sectarian violence which has targeted Christians and their churches since the June 30 uprising.”

The statement, signed by the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, the Andalus Institute for Tolerance and Anti-Violence Studies, the Arab Network for Human Rights Information, Egyptians against Religious Discrimination, the Arab Penal Reform Organisation and Nazra for Feminist Studies among others, also condemned the state for failing to prevent sectarian attacks.

"Reports from northern Sinai reveal that the military and the police continue to be incapable of providing sufficient protection to civilians – both Muslims and Christians – in the face of acts of violence…. by armed groups of Islamist extremists… [reports of] a large number of Christians from Northern Sinai have been displaced … churches have remained closed most of the time due to fears that they will be attacked," the groups said.

Attacks of Coptic homes and churches have been reported recently in villages in Upper Egypt’s Luxor, Sohag and Minya.

A Coptic priest was shot dead in North Sinai on 6 July amid a spike in armed attacks by unknown militants against the military and police in the Egyptian peninsula since Morsi's deposition.

"The undersigned organisations further denounce the continued negligence of the institutions of the state to provide the necessary protection to Christian citizens, to decisively confront sectarian attacks, and to enforce the law by holding those responsible for the acts of sectarian violence, which have been seen in several governorates to account," the statement continued.

Egypt's prosecutor-general ordered on Tuesday the detention of 11 people for a 15-day period pending investigations into sectarian clashes in Minya on Saturday that left 17 wounded.

The groups called on Islamists to reject violence and on the state to prosecute sectarian attacks and to stop Egypt's traditional method of resolving such conflicts by carrying out reconciliation talks, which the groups say usually favour the stronger party.

They also urged that the conclusions of investigations into sectarian crimes be made public and that witnesses of such crimes be provided sufficient protection.

"The prosecution should call for an independent investigation to determine what led to inadequate protection being provided to Christians, their property, and their places of worship, whether by the military or the police," the statement concluded.





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John
26-10-2013 07:01am
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Oh oh
Please don't speak about human rights. Attack on church is against humanity. But attack and killed thousands of pro morsi is not humanity. Shame. Ngos and West using fools Egyptian youth to kill own people's. Some youth getting good dollars from West to destroy Egypt
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R. Anderson
27-09-2013 11:03pm
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16 Egyptian rights groups condemn sectarian violence against Copts
Is it proved beyond doubt that MB is behind the burning of churches and killing the innocent? The army could be doing this and blame the salafis,or the MB people. Last year I found that the christians are doing far better than the moslems.
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expat
11-08-2013 08:00pm
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funny bubbly
ok,90% are suppressed or offended by 10%,which are since centuries treated as second class in their homecountry,despite the fact,that they are the real descendends from the countries population,rather then the flock of the invaders and their followers? moslems always amazes me,they are always right,always offended,always whiping,always complaining and always demanding...just like children without real education..as long,as they are not the mayority,because then they become a murderous oppresive religious dictatorship....the caliphat
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Bubbly
07-08-2013 09:11pm
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Incitment,violence and hatred
Incitement, hatred & violence of any kind, nature, form from any faction, group, sect, party, institution or individual is condemnable. Violence and killing on bases of sect, religion or political affiliation is a crime and perpetrators should be brought to justice. Media and some Copt Church leaders & businessmen are also equally responsible for this backlash against Copts. If media or a Sect leader provoke religious sentiments ,use defamatory language against the largest religious segment of the society then don’t expect you are serving the society. Right groups should also take immediate notice of heinous and inflammatory media campaign against Islamists by the Egyptian Media .
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Bobo
09-08-2013 08:26pm
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Great US logic
Well, Bubbt, you are right-that is only because you are in America. But the reality in your comment, is not even there. Those being violated are not armed nor instigating anything, but they are Christians worshipping in churches or business that are off duty, or homes that house people and children. Churches could not even have microphones, and are restricted in many ways. The priest that got shot in Sinai, was he instigating anything? So, what are you talking about? Americans do not even know terrorists that well-we do.
Angel
09-08-2013 05:29pm
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Convert victims to culprits
There is NO justification to burn churches, attack shops of Christians and kill innocent Christians by spreading lies that they first attacked anybody.

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