April 9th, 2017 by Editor
EOHR condemns the Church bombings in Tanta and Alexandria
The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) strongly condemns the bombings that targeted two churches in Egypt’s nile delta. The bombings coicided with Palm Sunday which is celebrated by millions of Christians all over Egypt. The first bombing targeted St. George church in Tanta, the bomb killed over 30 people and injured more than 50. The second bombing targeted St. Mark Church in Alexandria where Coptic Patriarch Tawadros was leading prayer. The Suicide bomber detonated himself at the Church gates when he was detected by policemen securing the church. The attack killed more than 13 people including 4 policemen and women and injured around 30 .
EOHR believes that these acts of terrorism seek to spread fear and instability in Egypt; they also aim at creating secterian strife among Egypt’s religous communities in an effort to destabilize the country.
EOHR stresses that Egypt’s counter-terrorism measures should be in accordance with the UN GLOBAL COUNTER-TERRORISM STRATEGY and its four pillars.
Those four pillars are:
- Measures to address the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism
- Measures to prevent and combat terrorism
- Measures to build States’ capacity to prevent and combat terrorism and to strengthen the role of the United Nations system in this regard
- Measures to ensure respect for human rights for all and the rule of law as the fundamental basis of the fight against terrorism
EOHR puts a special emphasis on both the first and fourth pillars as we believe that Egypt’s counter terrorism strategy should focus more on dealing with the root causes of terrorism, and be more attentive to the concepts of respecting Human Rights and the rule of law. Without fully adhering to all of those pillars Egypt’s chances at effectivley combating terrorism will grow slimmer.
Hafez Abu Seada the president of EOHR stressed the importance of facing religous extremism, through formulating a strategy that propagates the principles of Human Rights and tolerance. Abu Seada added that enhancing and expanding the role of civil society is essential in that regard, and that educational and cultural institutions should work on combating extremism and enacting religous reforms so that terrorism and hatred can be eradicated.
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