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15. Who is behind sectarian congestion? When will the unified law for building places of worship be issued?

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15. Who is behind sectarian congestion? When will the unified law for building places of worship be issued?
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2009
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34
Article number: 
15
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p. 7
Date of source: 
23-08-2009
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‘Imad Khalil - Nadir Shukri -
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This Watanī article reviews some experts, thinkers, and legal experts’ opinions on the necessity of the immediacy of issuing a unified law for building places of worship in Egypt.

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A full five continuing weeks asserted what jeopardizes citizenship and social peace. Six sectarian tensions concerning

the Copts’ right to practice their religious rituals in which they were attacked by Muslim neighbors happened during

this period. This is a recurrent scenario in Egypt perpetuated in the absence of the state authority, in which a group

of both sides are detained and then set free after attending compulsory customary conciliatory sessions held by the

authorities. The loser is usually the Coptic side who loses his right and his church is closed for undetermined period,

harboring bad feelings for the other side, thus the congestion is augmented.
A group of experts, thinkers and

legal experts highlighted the gravity of the Egyptian situation, spelled out the causes of sectarian violence and the

future of the unified law for building places of worship and how to exit the sectarian dilemma and bolster equality,

Freedom of thought and the practice of religious rituals.
Head of Cairo centre for studies, Bahy al-Dīn Hasan

emphasized that the state has no effective policy to deal with these tensions, causing the simple Muslim to treat the

Copt as a second class citizen. Cairo newspaper editor-in-chief, Salāh ‘Īá criticized the

compulsory customary conciliatory sessions. The strategic expert at The Aham Center for Political and Strategic Studies,

Dr ‘Imād Jād underlined the danger of the Islamic discourse that insinuate Muslims against Christians

and criticized the system’s procrastination to extenuate the sectarian flaring-up. The Coptic businessman in Minia

confirmed that the tensions are due to poverty and ignorance. The attorney, Ihāb Ramzī underscored the

significance of prosecuting the culprits. The journalist Dr William Wīsā assured that the Islamic clergymen’s

instigation, media and security collusion, and the absence of justice led to this congestion. Remarkably, most of the

above mentioned proposed the immediacy of issuing the unified law for building places of worship as a deterring solution

for sectarian strife.
In the light of the procrastination of the people’s assembly passing the law for five

parliamentary terms without ratifying it, Member of the National Council for Human Rights, consultant Fahmī

Nāshid came up with a declaration that the republic president has the right to employ the provision of act 147 of

the Constitution to issue the unified law without recourse to the People’s Assembly. Therefore all honest eyes are set

on the president to save the social peace from the claws of sectarian congestion.

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