Dahshour sectarian violence

August 2nd, 2012 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) denounces the acts of violence that took place in Dahshour Village in Badrishin.  Groups of Muslims and Christians clashed in the village when a Christian laundry assistant burned clothes of a Muslim person last week. The laundry person killed the Muslim person. The relatives of the victim, Moaz Mohamed Ahmed, 25 years, burned a number of Christians’ houses of in the area in addition to a jewel store. 15 policemen were injured during the clashes.

EOHR sent a fact finding mission to Dahshour yesterday to observe and document the incident. The mission confirmed that Moaz that was injured on Friday, July 27, 2012, died in Kobry El Koba yesterday as a result to the burns that covered 80% of his body. The police forces got increased in the area to face any forthcoming clashes.

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the head of EOHR, stated that all the Egyptian authorities including the Ministries of Endowment, Education, interior, Al Azhar, and the church  in addition to the civil society must come together in order to place a long term strategy for facing any forthcoming sectarian violence. The security solutions only are not enough. The Copts, 30 families in the area, must be assisted in order to get back to their houses. He also added that the fears of Copts in Egypt are based on the usual violence incidents in Farshot, Waraq, Imbaba and Atfih. He also called upon the Prosecutor General Office to finish the current investigations as soon as possible and take the perpetrators to accountability. The rule of law is the ideal solution to such sectarian problems.           

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