EOHR calls upon the Egyptian government to take all necessary measures to assure the coptic christians citizens of Al Arish to their homes

February 26th, 2017 by Editor

EOHR calls upon the Egyptian government to take all necessary measures to assure the coptic christians citizens of Al Arish to their homes

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) voices its serious concerns regarding what appears to be a form of forced displacement of coptic christian families from the city of Al Arish the capital and administrative centre of the restive North Sinai governrate. The christian citizens started feeing their homes recentley after extremist terrorist groups most notably the ISIS affiliate Wilayet Sina’a issued threats against them warning them to leave or die, and in fact more than half a dozen christian individuals were murdered over the past weeks and a house belonging to a christian family was burned by these groups in what appears to be an effort to force christians out of the area

EOHR stresses that forced displacement is a crime against humanity, and demands an immediate inquiry into the the latest developments. EOHR also calls upon the Egyptian government to take all necessary measures to facilitate the safe return of christian families to their homes in Al Arish, in accordance with article 63 of Egypt’s constitution that prohibits forced displacement.

Forced displacement is also a grave violation of international human rights law, international humanitarain law, the Geneva conventions and the Rome Statute. Under these universal treaties forced diplacement is considered both a crime against humanity and a war crime. Under international law the Egyptian government is responsible for the upholding the saftey and security of its citizens, which makes the Egyptian government obliged to prevent these violations and protect its citizens from terrorism.

Hafez Abu Seada the president of EOHR said that violations committed by the armed terrorist organizations have to be stopped by all means possible. Abu Seada added that the state should take all measures to stop the forced diplacement of the christians, and gurantee the saftey of the lives of all civilians Muslims and Christians alike, as well as the lives of security and military personnel in the Sinai. Abu Seada also stressed that the government needs to adopt an efficient and comprehensive strategy to combat terrorism.

 

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