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Ottawa Parliament

Ottawa Parliament

December 06, 2010

Egypt

Mr. Pierre Poilievre (Nepean-Carleton, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, the Government of Canada strongly condemns recent

violence in Egypt targeted at the Coptic Christian minority. Media

reports note that the clashes erupted last week between police and

hundreds of people protesting after authorities halted the

construction of a church in Cairo. It was also reported that several

people died and many more were injured.

 

 

We also condemn the attacks of the Nag Hammadi, which singled out

Christians for persecution in that country.

We impress upon the government of Egypt to take a strong

leadership role in protecting all religious freedom and religious

tolerance within its borders. Canada is a strong supporter of

religious freedom for believers of all faiths.

We encourage the House and the Egyptian government to respect the

rights of the Coptic Christians, who have an ancient history in that

country and we hope a bright future of freedom and security.

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