CAIRO: The Egyptian Coalition on Children’s Rights (ECCR) filed a report to the public prosecution against Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm, accusing the newspaper of inciting the “extermination” of Egyptian children.
The ECCR filing stems from a Friday Nasar Abdullah article in Al-Masry Al-Youm titled “Street Children: The Brazilian Solution” in which the philosophy professor seemed to advocate that the government exterminate street children in a move modeled after a policy reportedly from Brazil. The ECCR demanded Abdullah be tried and said it would file another report to the press syndicate to investigate this “genocide-inciting” incident, the statement read.
“Brazilian security services used an atrocious solution to tackle the problem of street children. They launched campaigns to hunt and cleanse via killing thousands of them, just as the street dogs were being killed,” the article read.
Abdullah’s article was criticized by many human rights activists and organizations. Al-Masry Al-Youm wrote in a statement Friday it had removed the article from its website “based on the unwelcome reactions” and because it “incites violence.”
“The economic, social and cultural policies of countries oppressed [street children] for over 50 years; the society oppressed them and now it demands genocide,” the ECCR statement read.
ECCR Secretary General Hany Helal said in the statement the ECCR refused initiatives advocating harsh penalties for children and said such policies “forget what was stated by heavenly religions to show clemency and mercy to children due to their incomplete mental, physical and psychological development.”
The statement called for rehabilitating street children to change their behavior and determine the reasons that made them leave their families and go to the streets.