Thank you Mr. Borghezio for continued support.

 

Question for written answer E-009701/2011to the CommissionRule 117

Mario Borghezio (EFD)

Subject:EU action to defend religious freedom of Coptic Christians

 

Across the world, Coptic Christians are protesting ever more loudly against the killings which continue to take place in Egypt and which over recent days have claimed dozens of lives.

In contrast, the European institutions are almost completely silent on the subject. Does the Commission not intend to take concrete and decisive steps to remind the Egyptian Government of its duty to protect the Coptic Christian minority, prevent any acts of violence from being perpetrated against its members and ensure that they are able fully to exercise their right to religious freedom?

Secret Video Shows Egyptian Police, Security Staging Attack on Copts

By Mary Abdelmassih

(AINA) -- Millions of people world-wide have seen videos of Egyptian Army trucks chasing and crushing Christian protesters under their wheels during the events of the Maspero Massacre on October 9, which claimed the lives of 27 and injured 329 Christians (AINA 10-10-2011).

The ruling military council has denied that military forces used live ammunition against the Maspero protesters, or that personnel intentionally used armored vehicles to run over civilians. After blaming the Copts for using firearms, they later changed their story and put the blame on "unidentified" civilians who infiltrated the demonstrations, targeting both the peaceful protesters and the military police to cause a rift between the military council and the people. In all of its statements the military has cleared the army of any wrong-doings.

Secret Video Shows Egyptian Police, Security Staging Attack on Copts

By Mary Abdelmassih

(AINA) -- Millions of people world-wide have seen videos of Egyptian Army trucks chasing and crushing Christian protesters under their wheels during the events of the Maspero Massacre on October 9, which claimed the lives of 27 and injured 329 Christians (AINA 10-10-2011).

The ruling military council has denied that military forces used live ammunition against the Maspero protesters, or that personnel intentionally used armored vehicles to run over civilians. After blaming the Copts for using firearms, they later changed their story and put the blame on "unidentified" civilians who infiltrated the demonstrations, targeting both the peaceful protesters and the military police to cause a rift between the military council and the people. In all of its statements the military has cleared the army of any wrong-doings.

Egypt extends anti-army protest, sees brief clashes, at least one killed today

Supporters of the Egyptian Armed Forces shout slogans and wave Egyptian national flags on a road near the defence ministry, headquarters of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, at Abbasiya square in Cairo November 25, 2011. REUTERS-Amr Abdallah Dalsh 

CAIRO | Sat Nov 26, 2011 9:38am GMT

CAIRO (Reuters) - Protesters pressed their demand for an end to army rule in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Saturday and some clashed briefly with police nearby, rejecting the military's choice of prime minister just two days before a parliamentary vote.

Hundreds of demonstrators camped through the night and one group marched to the nearby parliament building early in the morning to protest against the army's appointment of Kamal Ganzouri, a premier under Hosni Mubarak, to form a cabinet.

 

Thousands rally in Egypt on "last chance Friday"

Egyptian protesters march with a huge flag during a rally at Tahrir Square in Cairo November 25, 2011. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

By Marwa Awad and Tom Perry

CAIRO (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Egyptians demanding an end to military rule packed Cairo's Tahrir square on Friday in the biggest turnout of a week of protests and violence that has killed 41 people.

The military rulers named a veteran former prime minister to head a new civilian cabinet, but that did little to appease the demonstrators who poured scorn on a name from the past.

Egypt Protests: Death Toll Rises As Clashes Between Police, Protesters Continue

Associated Press

Associated Press

CAIRO -- An American film maker has told a colleague by phone that she was arrested by Egyptian police while documenting clashes in Cairo's Tahrir Square.

Jehane Nojaim's producer Karim Amer says she was detained and her camera was confiscated.

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He said Wednesday he was separated from her after they both fled from tear gas.

The Guardian home 

Tahrir Square crowds vow 'fight to death' for end of military rule

Egypt's ruling junta has slowly transformed from heroes of uprising to the focus of its wrath

Tahrir Square

Tahrir Square on Sunday night as riot police and troops failed to disperse crowds demanding Egypt’s ruling generals hand over power. Photograph: Mohamed El-Ghany/Reuters

Amid the gloom, the smoke and the deafening chants of thousands around them, the middle-aged couple looked like they had been photoshopped on to the scene. He was wearing a smart jacket, she a dress and a headscarf. They both walked silently forwards across the debris, hand in hand and staring straight ahead. Each was carrying a rock.

Attack on Coptic Christian Mourners -

Statement by the Honourable Jim Karygiannis,

Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Agincourt and Liberal Critic for Multiculturalism

It was with great dismay that I learned that Coptic Christian mourners in Egypt were attacked as they marched to Tahir Square to mark the forty day anniversary of the Maspero attack which left at least 26 people dead and hundreds injured.My thoughts and prayers are with those who were injured and I wish them a speedy recovery.

The right to practice one’s religion in peace is a basic human right. The Egyptian authorities must seek out those who perpetrated the Maspero attack and yesterday’s attack on the mourners; bring them to justice and ensure that they bear the full weight of the law.

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Egypt has refused to allow Dutch MP Raymond de Roon to enter the country.

Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders said the new regime is "just as barbaric” as the previous one.

 

 

The parliamentary foreign affairs commission has decided to cancel the entire visit. It says it up to the Dutch parliament to decide who is in the delegation.

 

Freedom Party MP De Roon believes he was refused a visa because “Egypt did not like my characterising the expulsion of 95,000 Christians since March 2011 as ethnic cleansing.”

 

“It would have been better if Egypt had said: come along and we’ll show you there is no ethnic cleansing” he added.

 

Netherlands helps pay for Egyptian election 'witnesses'

The Netherlands has promised the US Carter Centre 300,000 euros to send people to Egypt to watch over the upcoming elections in November. Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal spoke with his Egyptian counterpart Mohammed Kamel Amr in Cairo on Wednesday.

Cairo says it has no difficulty with what they insist on calling 'witnesses' rather than 'observers'. “They will be given free access to polling centres,” Minister Rosenthal said, as will the press. He says he has no problem with the terminology as he is satisfied with the conditions under which foreign election watchers will be able to operate. The Carter Centre was set up in 1982 and regularly sends observers to monitor elections all over the world.

 

Coptic Christians protest outside White House against violence in Egypt

View Photo Gallery —  Hundreds gather to denounce a rising tide of violence against members of their faith in Egypt, including a bloody clash Oct. 9 between protesters and the Egyptian army that left 27 people dead.

Hoisting homemade wooden crosses and photographs of bodies they said were crushed by tanks, hundreds of Coptic Christians rallied Wednesday in front of the White House to protest rising violence against minority Christians in Egypt and to demand that the Obama administration pressure Cairo to protect their rights.

 Maspero 9 October

Egypt state television admits to making up news over soldiers’ deaths

Security trucks heading toward Tahrir Square on October 9.

CAIRO: Egypt’s state television announced on Monday that there are no deaths among the military forces after previously reporting there were during the bloody Sunday clashes between the military and Coptic protesters, saying that it was the fault of the news presenter.

Maspero 9 October

Silent stand-in on main Egypt bridge for Maspero victims

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Protesters stage silent demonstration on Qasr al-Nile bridge Saturday.

CAIRO: A silent stand-in to honor the victims of state TV violence on October 9 took place on Saturday evening on the iconic Qasr al-Nil bridge where tens of people stood quietly, holding flags that read “mourning” and banners that read “dignity first” and “the people want a fair investigation.”

The non-politicized stand was met with curious questions from passersby, which the participants gladly answered.

Egypt Cabinet denies it has resigned

Confusion surrounds the fate of the Cabinet following reports that it had placed the matter of its resignation in the hands of the military council

Nada Hussein Rashwan, Ahram Online, Tuesday 11 Oct 2011

  

Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf (Photo:AP)

Following the deadly clashes that took place in front of the Maspero state television building last Sunday, the Cabinet has placed the matter of its resignation in the hands of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), for their consideration.

 

Thousands of Egyptians march in Cairo's Tahrir square for Copt's funeral

Egypt Coptic protest mourning – 10.10.11 - Reuters

 

Egyptian Coptic Christians chanting pro-Christian slogans during the funeral for victims of sectarian clashes, in Cairo, Egypt, Oct. 10, 2011.

Photo by: Reuters

Mourners carry coffin of Mina Daniel, one of 26 killed in clashes between Coptic Christians and military police; Health Ministry says nearly 300 wounded.

Thousands of Egyptians marched in central Cairo's Tahrir square early Tuesday for the funeral procession of a young man who was killed in clashes between mostly Coptic Christians and government troops.

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 Egyptian blogger passes 40th day of hunger strike

Maikel Nabil Sanad is entering his 42nd day of hunger strike in protest against a three-year sentence imposed by a military court for criticising the army. He spoke to Shahira Amin

It’s Maikel Nabil Sanad’s 26th birthday but he is in no celebratory mood. When I arrive at El Marg prison north of Cairo during visiting hours on Saturday 1 October, I can barely hide my shock at seeing his bony physique. Maikel is wearing a wrinkled blue track suit and on his head is a baseball cap worn backwards in a sign of rebellion. It is clear that Maikel is in extremely frail health. He attempts to stand up to greet me but almost immediately falls back into his chair in sheer exhaustion.

Fox News - Fair & Balanced 

Egypt's First Parliamentary Elections Since Mubarak Announced

Associated Press

Egypt's first parliamentary elections since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak will begin on Nov. 28, the country's military rulers have said in an announcement that was greeted with little fanfare by activists who have grown deeply suspicious of the generals' commitment to change.

The military council, which took over from Mubarak as he stepped down in February, promised it would transfer power to civilian rule within six months, but no date was announced for presidential elections that would bring an end to military rule.

The concerns reflect the broader uncertainty over Egypt's post-Mubarak course under a military council led by a man who served as Mubarak's defense minister for many years. Egypt's new revolutionary groups say the council has done little to dismantle Mubarak's legacy and bring figures of the old regime to account for corruption, human rights abuses and other crimes.

Health of Imprisoned Egyptian Blogger on Hunger Strike Becoming Critical

By Mary Abdelmassih (AINA)

  

Dr. Michael Nabil Sanad, the 26-year-old blogger jailed by an Egyptian military court, could die soon in prison, says his family and human rights groups. Reporters Without Borders (RWB) called on the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) to immediately release Michael. According to RWB "If he does not resume drinking, he could very soon die in detention and SCAF would have to take full responsibility."

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS Coptic Christians in Egypt

Mr HUSIC (Chifley—Government Whip) (12:50): I rise in support of the motion that has been moved by the member for Hughes and welcome it as an important stepping stone within the process of, in our own way, providing a voice but also, more importantly, seeing potentially improvements in the quality of lives of Egyptian Copts. Like many Australians, I watched earlier this year the historic people’s revolution unfold on television, which resulted in the departure of President Mubarak from a position that he had held for 30 years. The revolt was praised at the time by leaders worldwide, hoping that it would usher in a new era of peace and democracy for all Egyptians, I stress that—for all Egyptians.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Canada is safer than it was on 9/11, but that "the major threat is still Islamicism." 

  

 Prime Minister Stephen Harper talks with CBC chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge about how Canada changed after 9/11.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper talks with CBC chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge about how Canada changed after 9/11. (CBC)

"There are other threats out there, but that is the one that I can tell you occupies the security apparatus most regularly in terms of actual terrorist threats," Harper said.


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