USCIRF: Blasphemy Laws Violate International Standards

Prisoners of belief individuals jailed under blasphemy laws in several countries

Many countries around the world have laws that punish expression deemed blasphemous, defamatory of religion, or contemptuous or insult- ing to religion or religious symbols, figures, or feelings. In addition, some states have added new blasphemy-type laws to their criminal codes or constitutions. The application of these laws has resulted in the jailing of individuals for merely expressing a different religious belief or under false accusations.

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The 2014 World Report - Egypt

 

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Prior to his removal, President Morsy’s Muslim Brotherhood-dominated government had shown disregard for rights protections, with an increase in the prosecutions of journalists, police abuse, and sectarian violence. In December 2012, 33 percent of eligible voters (the lowest turnout for any poll since the 2011 uprising) approved Morsy’s controversial new constitution by 64 percent in a referendum. The constitution further undermined key rights protections following Morsy’s November 2012 Constitutional Declaration which immunized his decisions from judicial review. Legislation issued by the Shura Council, Egypt’s interim legislative body following the June 2012 dissolution of the People’s Assembly, included deeply restrictive draft public assembly and draft associations laws.

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VIOLENCE AGAINST COPTS IN EGYPT

Summary: The Egyptian Orthodox Christian community—the Copts—has been the tar- get of violence and discrimination since the 1970s and especially following the revolution that overthrew Hosni Mubarak. The Egyptian state has done little to remedy the situation and has at times enabled the conflict between Muslims and Christians. Achieving religious freedom and equality depends on building state institutions that can guarantee all citizens’ constitutional rights.

 

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Violence Against Copts in Egypt

The Egyptian Orthodox Christian community—the Copts—has been the target of violence and discrimination since the 1970s and especially following the revolution that overthrew Hosni Mubarak. The Egyptian state has done little to remedy the situation and has at times enabled the conflict between Muslims and Christians. Achieving religious freedom and equality depends on building state institutions that can guarantee all citizens’ constitutional rights.

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MASS ATTACK ON CHURCHES IN EGYPT

On 14 August 2013, 64 churches, schools and other Coptic community buildings, and 390 private homes and businesses were vandalized and set ablaze by Islamists.
This may be the largest number of attacks in one day since 16 May, 1320,under the Mamluks'rule.

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