Amnesty Claims Egypt Failed to Protect Christians

Mar 2nd, 2017 | By | Category: News Posts

Amnesty International, a London-based rights group, has accused the Egyptian government of failing to protect the hundreds of Coptic Christians who fled their homes in northern Sinai after a series of attacks and threats by ISIS militants.

On Wednesday, the group claimed the Egyptian government’s response fits with a pattern of failing to protect the religious minority, adding that after other sectarian attacks, the government sought reconciliations agreements between the communities rather than just prosecuting those responsible.

Over 150 Christian families have fled from the northern Sinai city of el-Arish over the last few days. Islamic State militants have vowed to continue their persecution of Christians in the country.

Tunisia-based Amnesty representative Najia Bounaim said, “the Egyptian authorities have consistently failed to protect Coptic residents of North Sinai from a longstanding pattern of violent attacks” and “must not let them down further now.”

 

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