Human Rights Commissioner concerned about clashes between Christians and Muslims in Egypt

09.03.2011 - Press release

According to Egyptian authorities, at least ten people were killed and over 100 injured in violent clashes between Muslims and Christians in Cairo yesterday. A joint demonstration for interfaith reconciliation and dialogue is planned for today by Muslims and Christians in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

The Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy, Markus Löning, issued the following statement today (09.03) in Tunis.

“I am deeply concerned by the news about the sometimes deadly clashes between Christians and Muslims. The Egyptian Government is called upon to prevent further clashes and protect the right to freedom of religious practice.
At the same time, it is a hopeful signal that Christians and Muslims want to demonstrate together for peace and reconciliation in Tahrir Square – the place where Christians and Muslims prayed together during the revolution.
We have great trust in the Egyptian democracy movement, which in the past weeks has been characterized by tolerance and freedom from violence.”

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