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Parliamentary questions
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18 January 2018
Question for written answer E-000261-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Mara Bizzotto (ENF)

 Subject:  Religious intolerance in Egypt: terrorist attacks on Coptic Christians
 Answer in writing 

On 29 December 2017, ten Coptic Christians were killed in the Helwan district of Cairo, Egypt, in two separate terrorist attacks. The first occurred outside the Mar Mena Coptic Church and the second in a Coptic-owned shop.

The age-old Coptic Christian community numbers 6 million people, or around 10% of the Egyptian population, and has been the target of frequent terrorist attacks by Islamic fundamentalists in which over one hundred people died in 2017 alone.

In view of the repeated attacks by Islamic terrorists, which are seriously endangering the survival of Christians in Egypt, and since the EU has a Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU and a Special Representative for human rights, can the Commission state:
How it intends to put a stop to the violence being perpetrated against the Christian minority in Egypt?
Whether the above‐mentioned EU representatives are working to protect religious minorities in Egypt and, if so, what results they have achieved so far?
Whether Egypt has ever received EU funding for intercultural and interfaith integration and dialogue?
Original language of question: IT 
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