27 December 2012

Egypt: Rights Groups Denounce Fatwa Banning Congratulation of Christians

press release

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) denounces the Fatwa, Islamic opinion, issued by the Religious Commission for Rights and Reforms that bans congratulating Christians in their festivals and holidays. It is worthy to mention that the commission includes a group of Islamic legislators and scientists representing all the Islamic groups. The fatwa comes as a religion contempt crime directed against Egyptian citizens.

EOHR also stated that this fatwa comes under the umbrella of the discrimination based on race and religion, which is a crime, leads to dividing the Egyptian community. This opinion is also a violation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, signed on September 28, 1966.

In this regard, EOHR stresses on refusal of all the forms of racial discrimination and calls for taking those who issued this fatwa to accountability.

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