EIPR drafts report on violations against Shia Muslims in Egypt
By: Al-Masry Al-Youm News paper
CAIRO, Iraq: The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) has
compiled a document recording 70 cases of Egyptians who converted to
the Shiite sect of Islam, discussing the struggles faced by Shia
Muslims due to official religious policy, discrimination and
violence from members of Egypt's majority Sunni population. It
documents human rights violations towards Shias that occurred
between January 2011 and May 2016.
A detailed report entitled, “Provention of diversity in the state
religion: a model of religious freedom for Egyptians” was issued on
It lays out a frame for religious policies in the country, taking
into account sectarian tensions, official restrictions and the
demands of Egyptian Shia Muslims.
“Among the main incidents mentioned in the report was the murder of
sheikh Hassan Shehata and three of his followers in Giza in June
2013, and the court cases of five Shia Muslims given prison
sentences of between six months and five years. In the most recent
of these cases, a Shiite citizen accused the national security
agency in Alexandria of detaining him before and after he traveled
to Iraq. He was tortured and given electric shocks whilst detained
in May 2016.
"A deputy religious endowments minister was involved in inciting
violence against Shia Muslims on a TV show when he said they should
be killed,” listed the EIPR in addition.
The report cited incidents of hatred and discrimination incited
against Egyptian Shias at the hands of several authorities, official
religious institutions, state owned media channels, the Muslim
Brotherhood, the Salafi Dawa, as well as a general anti-Shia bias on
privately owned media channels and among smaller groups from the
main Islamist currents.
One correspondent to a privately owned newspaper, the report
detailed, collaborated with anti-Shia activists in an act of
property encroachment against a prominent Shiite figure.
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