EOHE calls upon the Egyptian government to provide adequate protection for the Egyptian churches

November 3rd, 2010 by Editor

EOHR strongly condemns Al Qaeda’s threats to target  the Egyptian churches after the incident of the attacks on Saydet Al Beshara church in Baghdad where prayers were taken hostages inside the church, and more than 30 individuals were killed.

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EOHR denounces these threats which contradict with freedom of religion and the right to practice religious rituals. These threats are not only targeting Christians but also every Egyptian, whether Muslim or Christian. EOHR calls upon the Egyptian citizen to face these threats and to promote and respect human rights. Also it calls upon the Egyptian government to take the necessary measures to protect churches and places of worships in order to prevent such threats.

It is generally accepted that these threats completely contradict with the international covenants concerned with human rights including Article 2and 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the first paragraph of Article I of the Declaration on the Elimination of all Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief. As for the Egyptian Constitution, it confirmed the same meaning in its Article 40 as it stated that citizens are equal before law, they are equal in rights and duties, without discrimination on grounds of sex, origin, language, religion or creed.”  

EOHR believes that these threats are a rejected terrorism aiming to frighten citizens and to spread sectarian tension in the country. EOHR declares its full solidarity with Christian citizens and confirms the rejection of such terrorist acts, asking all civil society institutions to unite to promote and protect human rights and freedom of belief and religious practice.





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