Posted by: becketfund | October 6, 2007

Egypt: Shiites Accused of “Causing Contempt” for Islam

Human Rights Watch reports that two Egyptian men, Mohammed al-Dereini and Ahmad Sobh, were detained and charged with, among other offenses, “promoting extreme Shi’a beliefs with the intent of causing contempt of the Islamic religion”. While speculating that the detention of the two men appears to be linked to a broader effort by the Egyptian government to silence its critics, HRW notes that Shi’a activists face additional risks: Egypt’s Shiite community has suffered several instances of arbitrary arrests, detentions, and torture since at least 1988.

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