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Parliamentary questions
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6 September 2013
E-009966-13
Question for written answer E-009966-13
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 117
Konrad Szymański (ECR)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Situation of Coptic Christians in Egypt
 Answer in writing 

Since 3 July 2013, the Muslim Brotherhood has burned 85 churches in Egypt and attacked numerous people, destroying their property and violating their right to respect and bodily integrity.

Egypt’s Christians are living in fear after a string of attacks against their churches, businesses and homes. On Friday 17 August, supporters of ousted president Morsi gathered after prayer and burned two churches and some Christian-owned shops in the village of Mallawi near Minya, Egypt. Many similar cases were noted and are well documented with pictures and movies that are available online.

The Christian Science Monitor published a report suggesting that at least some of the attacks were premeditated, with Christian homes and shops in one village being marked with red graffiti ‘vowing to protect Morsi’s electoral legitimacy with blood’.

‘Sectarian violence is nothing new in Egypt, but it takes a new dimension’ said Ishak Ibrahim, a researcher for the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights. Such a violent onslaught has never happened before in Egypt.

1. What steps have been taken by the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the EU Delegation in Cairo to protect the basic human rights of the Copts, one of the world’s oldest Christian communities?

2. Does the Vice-President/High Representative think that the issue is being treated with adequate seriousness and attention by EU authorities?

3. What kind of political action can be taken to urge the Egyptian authorities to take responsibility for the situation of persecuted Christians and start making more decisive moves to protect their rights?

4. How will these events affect bilateral relations between the EU and Egypt, taking into account the fact that Egypt is legally bound by the Association Agreement which came into force in 2004?

 OJ C 197, 26/06/2014
Aviso jurídico - Política de privacidad