EOHR condemns recent sectarian clashes in Al Minya

September 4th, 2018 by Editor

EOHR condemns recent sectarian clashes in Al Minya

 The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) expresses its deep concern regarding the recent acts of sectarian violence in the village of Damsho Hashim in Minya governorate and demands the commencing of a probe immediately and urgently to reveal the circumstances of the incident and the main reasons that led to its outbreak. EOHR also demands that the culprits and perpetrators of this incident be prosecuted and punished for their violation of the law and instigation of sectarian hatred.

A number of Muslim residents of the village gathered after Friday prayers and formed an angry mob to protest the allegedly illegal construction of a Church in the village, this led to clashes between Muslim rioters and Christian residents of the village during which the disputed Church and Christian property was vandalized. Several people were also injured in the clashes.

Security forces deployed to the village to quell unrest, and 38 people were incarcerated; 19 of them were charged  with rioting and assault by the General Prosecution. The 19 are now under preventive custody under orders from the General Prosecution.

EOHR reasserts the necessity of upholding of the rule of law and respecting the rights of all Egyptians regardless of their religious affiliations. EOHR also stresses the importance of the implementation of the Church Building Law No. 80 of 2016, which regulates the building and restoration of churches and the necessity of spreading the values ​​of tolerance, citizenship and acceptance.

For his part, Dr. Hafez Abu Seada the president of EOHR said that anyone who does not observe and respect the law should be punished and that only State institutions authorized by law No. 80 of 2016 are entrusted with applying it to different situations on the ground.




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