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Parliamentary questions
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15 June 2017
Question for written answer E-003968-17
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Syed Kamall (ECR)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Egyptian Coptic Christians
 Answer in writing 

I have been contacted by a number of constituents who are concerned about the recent killings and violence against Coptic Christians in Egypt.

My constituents are concerned that the Egyptian Government is not fulfilling its duty to protect Coptic Christians and other religious minorities from violence. They have told me that after the recent attack on a tour bus by Daesh, during which 28 people were killed, Amnesty International reported that ‘The [Egyptian] government has failed to take action to protect Christians in North Sinai who have increasingly faced kidnapping and assassinations by armed groups over the past three years.’

1. Has the treatment and murder of Coptic Christians been raised with the Egyptian Government?

2. What action is the Vice‐President/High Representative taking or planning to take with the Egyptian Government to address this situation?

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