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Volume 718: debated on Wednesday 7 April 2010


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Egypt about the assault on the Anglican clergyman, Pastor Mahrous Karam, and Mrs Karam, of the Anglican Church in Luxor on 18 March, the subsequent destruction of church buildings, and the general treatment of Egyptian Coptic Christians. [HL3104]

We are aware of the case of Pastor Mahrous Karam. We have not made specific recommendations to the Government of Egypt on this case, but will continue to monitor the situation closely.

The Government actively raise concerns on freedom of religion and belief with the Egyptian Government. In January, we raised the fatal shooting at Naga Hammadi. In February, during the UN's Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review of Egypt, we noted the recent rise in inter-religious tensions and encouraged further efforts to reduce and prevent discrimination. In March, during the third meeting of the EU-Egypt Sub-Committee on Human Rights and Democracy, the EU enquired into the Egyptian Government's intentions to address ongoing concerns and reports of discrimination of persons belonging to religious minorities.