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Libyan Newswire

Written question – VP/HR – Persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt and Libya – E-004034/2017

The wave of violence against the Coptic Christian community, which worsened in 2013 following the overthrow of the Muslim president of Egypt Mohamed Morsi and the formation of an alliance between the Ansar Beit al-Maqdis militants from the Sinai peninsula and ISIS, is forcing around 1 500 Christians to make a counter-exodus towards the cities on the Suez Canal or Cairo.

Coptic Christians in Egypt and Libya have been accused of proselytism and possessing religious material, arrested and beaten up. In Benghazi in March 2013, Coptic Christians were forced to convert to Islam and to spit on images of the Coptic Pope Shenouda III and were burnt with acid to remove the symbol of the cross that they normally have tattooed on their wrists.

The explosion in a church in Cairo last December, the seven brutal murders in 15 days in February this year and the double attack on Palm Sunday show how ineffective the previous warnings from the European institutions and the condemnations by the international community have been.

Will the EU take steps to prevent this violence, working together, where necessary, with members of the Coptic community?

Will the EU open talks with the Egyptian authorities to ensure that freedom of religion is protected more effectively?