Egypt welcomes Danish parliament’s law criminalizing 'inappropriate treatment of religious writings'

Ahram Online , Monday 11 Dec 2023

Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has welcomed the law recently passed by the Danish parliament to criminalize "inappropriate treatment of writings with significant importance for a recognized religious community."

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File Photo: Members of the Danish Parliamant Folketinget attend the debate on a new law against inappropriate treatment of writings of importance to religious communities, in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo: AFP


Egypt hopes that the law will help confront phenomena of profaning religious sanctities that promote intolerance, extremism, and hate speech, the ministry added in a statement on Monday.

Such phenomena impede efforts meant to promote a culture of civilizational dialogue between countries and peoples, the statement read.

The ministry reiterated Egypt’s unwavering rejection of insults to all beliefs and religions which are in no way considered a manifestation of freedom of opinion.

It called on other European countries where such incidents occurred to follow Denmark’s suit, noted the statement.

Recently, Denmark and Sweden have been a spot for protests that witnessed burnings of copies of the Quran, the most notable of which was in July in front of Muslim and Arab diplomatic missions in Denmark.

These incidents escalated tensions with Arab and Muslim countries that called for action against religious hatred.

In protest of the actions, Egypt summoned the Danish ambassador to Egypt and the chargé d’affaires at the Swedish embassy in Cairo to express its concern about this issue. Other Arab countries also did the same.

Denmark itself condemned the burnings as "provocative and shameful acts.” However, it stated that it could not ban non-violent demonstrations.

The Danish parliament passed the law on Thursday, with 94 votes in favour and 77 votes against in the 179-member parliament, also known as the Folketing.

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