Posted by: becketfund | April 2, 2008

Egypt: Votes to Criminalize Protests in Religious Venues

CAIRO – The Egyptian Parliament voted to criminalize protests held in places of worship, imposing a one-year prison sentence and fines on anyone convicted of inciting, participating in or organizing such an event Reuters reported on April 2. Protests in Egypt are illegal without government approval, and in practice, places of worship have provided some of the only venues where large groups can assemble without warranting immediate police intervention. Both Muslim opposition groups and Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority have previously used mosques and churches to hold protests.

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