Copts Union criticizes EP report on Egypt’s human rights record
The Virgin Church in Cairo - REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany

CAIRO: The Egyptian General Union of Copts for the Home slammed Friday the latest European Parliament (EP) report in which the Egyptian human rights record was criticized.

The EP issued Thursday a report calling for the Egyptian authorities to put an end to all violent activities against the opposition politicians, demonstrators, journalists, bloggers, students, women right activists, civil community representatives and minorities, AFP reported.

The Union said the report “lacks the real situation in Egypt after the June 30 incidents of 2013,” adding that the “all death penalties against the Muslim Brotherhood members ordered upon a judiciary verdicts from the Egyptian judiciary which has a full independence from the executive power.”

Since the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi on July 3, 2013, some Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters burned and destroyed a number of churches and property owned by Christians in Upper Egypt, notably in Minya.

Many Muslim Brotherhood members were arrested over charges of inciting violence and riots, disturbing the public order, killing, murder attempt, burning public institutions, and attacking police stations.

Hundreds of the MB members and supporters were given death sentences over accusation of such charges.

The report called for the release of all “political detainees” including detained Muslim Brotherhood members and all political activists, expressing the concern over a “crackdown” on the freedom of expression, AFP reported.

Since a protest law entered into force in November 2013, it has been illegal to protest in Egypt without securing permission from security forces. A number of activists have been arrested under its umbrella, including those who have demonstrated against the law itself.

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