EOHR in the activities of the International Human Rights council, stresses on the seriousness of terrorism and extremism on the freedom of belief.

March 6th, 2019 by Editor

EOHR in the activities of the International Human Rights council, stresses on the seriousness of terrorism and extremism on the freedom of belief.

On the sidelines of the 40th session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) held a seminar entitled “Freedom of belief: Christian communities in the East”. The seminar coincided with the report presented by the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of belief of to the Council.


The discussion was moderated by Dr. Hafez Abu Saeda, the president of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights in addition to the speakers including Issam Shiha, Secretary General of the Egyptian Organization, Ambassador Ibrahim Salama, Director of the United Nations Human Rights Treaties Section, John Maher, Secretary General of CHEDRO organisation that is concerned with supporting the rights of Eastern Christians, and Dr. Alexander Maher, Vice-President of the French-Egyptian Organization for Human Rights.
Dr.Abu Saeda has opened the session with a speech during which he discussed the impact of terrorism and extremism on the freedom of belief in the region and cited the targeting of the Muslim Brotherhood and other terrorist groups to the Christian places of worship in Egypt and the destruction of more than 60 churches.
 He stressed on the importance of efforts exerted by the Egyptian state and civil society in rejecting extremism and encouraging the renewal of religious discourse.
Furthermore, Mr. John Maher gave a speech on behalf of his organization, addressing the difficulties faced by some Christian communities in the region and condemning the leniency of the international community in dealing with the spread of extremism and terrorism in the region.
Dr. Alexander Maher discussed the situation of Christians in Egypt and pointed out to the discriminatory practices that some Christians face in schools, work places, employment opportunities and police stations. He said that the leaders of the Egyptian state are keen to prevent the recurrence of such incidents and praised the recent meeting of the Grand Imam Ahmed Tayeb with Pope Francis in Abu Dhabi and the messages of tolerance he has sent during this meeting. Alexander also called for a review of curricula at the El-Azhar institutes as part of the efforts to renounce extremism.
Ambassador Ibrahim Salameh, Director of the United Nations Human Rights Treaties Section, presented the initiative of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (Faith for Rights) and described the stages of development of this initiative from 2009 to the Beirut Declaration in 2014.
Salameh emphasized that this initiative focused on correcting the ideas of individuals and instilling in them the values of religious tolerance and acceptance of the other, away from governments and religious institutions. He stressed on the need to abolish the laws of contempt of religions and replace them with legislation that criminalizes spreading hatred in the name of religion. Additionally, he concluded by saying that human rights are indivisible and to respect freedom of belief, we must be able to protect the freedom of opinion and to protect the freedom of opinion, we need to promote the right to education and promoting the right to education, we must provide the right to food.
Issam Shiha, Secretary General of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights, has stressed on the seriousness of terrorism and extremism on freedom of belief.
He also added that the June 30 revolution in Egypt was the best proof to the rejection of the vast majority of Egyptians to the sectarianism and terrorism. Moreover, he denounced the ideas of hatred spread by some Salafist figures in Egypt and stressed on the opposition from the majority of the Egyptian people to them.
Abu Saeda and Shiha, have confirmed that the organization adopts the initiative of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (Faith for Rights) and stressed on its significance to encounter extremism, terrorism and to promote the principles of human rights in Egypt and the region.
Eventually, Abu Saeda concluded by stressing on the need to achieve citizenship among citizens without any form of discrimination and adopt a program to spread a culture of tolerance and acceptance of the other in addition to combating hate speech adopted by religious political groups. He also stressed on the need for the state to respond to hate crimes and promote citizenship.

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