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-- Egypt's Arab Spring has become a terrible winter or with -- minorities according to -- US government agency the Egyptian government has failed to.
Or been slow to protect Coptic Christians and others from violence.
-- language doctor Katrina Lantos -- chair of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom welcome.
Well thank you so much I'm delighted to be with you and thank you for doing this program it's really an important topic.
Well what are things that is that what you're very welcome first of all and I think this is a story to sort of has gotten.
Brushed under the rug in a sense it's just not one of those top of the -- top of the -- news stories but it -- as a continual story.
And the needs the bigger the situation in Egypt is really typified a lot of what's going on in the Middle East but how does Egypt -- particular the Egypt Egyptian government.
Failed to protect religious minorities.
You know cut our annual report out from the US commission on the religious freedom we -- and that's that's the areas.
What has to do is -- something you prefer between your introduction that show that is increasing levels of violence.
It directed toward minority communities the Coptic Christians most notably -- -- But also minority Muslim community.
That and the high members of the hi -- as well and that.
You know there is -- culture of impunity.
Now -- those with -- violence are not brought to account and that of course only encourages additional.
Sectarian violence in this society when you don't have the government.
Movie I am effectively rapidly bringing to justice those web page this sort of violence and then we didn't really concerns.
About an uptick in black he is fraud against Egyptian.
Or scary is am allegations of and chilling contempt for religion and there you have it -- -- proportion I think.
Coptic Christians are approximately 10% of the population he -- That they have been close to -- 45%.
Of those charged with.
With black so.
You know I could go on and on.
And the economy is really sort of a good -- but.
The item holder and as we were talking about beauty but -- the idea lastly what constitutes blasphemy is really almost part of the issue right.
Well it's it's huge part of the issue and obviously have.
-- -- -- -- -- -- itself is a pretty blatant violation of international religious freedom.
You know there's this notion of religious -- deadly.
-- connected for the wild yet.
Freedom of expression and freedom of belief that conscience and sometimes.
Societies to permit people -- -- it.
The offense and it might hurt the feelings of others -- -- he's part of learning deleted intolerance.
And we've freedom in an open society and Egypt is he's not at this kind of society that -- that's sort of freedom.
And as we move forward -- to continue to see some of those elements that means that it Egypt's new constitution.
But you have concerns about -- what are your major concerns about it.
Well I have our major concerns because we're talking about religious freedom that's the he added that we didn't have paid particular attention to and mutual.
You -- constitution is really only.
One that we have been able to find it actually -- this notion.
A punishing black and learn the constitution we have a lot of countries in the majority.
It would -- world where they have black and oh last provisions in there actually but never -- actually elevated this really problematic.
-- being within their constitution so that one very great concern we have.
Mother is that this sort of that at Maryland is an example of what really freedom of religion is within -- Egyptian constitution that about.
Religious -- and the freedom to practice religious -- that appeal that little freedom he would have been much more robot it means the right if you.
Not just that they're privately religious rights but to practice your religion you know opened his speak about your religion -- -- to bring me.
I'm change your faith.
Or abandon your they block part of they both encompassing freedom of religion and believe.
-- of things that the Egyptian government.
Does not really allow people to do freely one of the things that we talk about what blast being.
If -- Christians is.
Jesus is the way the truth and the light -- -- -- Muslim is blasphemy right.
Correct and apple Apple's popular product as you can exercise your own conscience and belief is.
If you wish to convert to another election but it is very difficult for Egypt which is what about.
And identity card based society it says -- slim.
-- to convert to christianity.
It's extraordinarily difficult for them to have that reflected on the air.
There identity card which is really -- essential document that they -- The function -- -- the -- eighty.
And -- for example the hi community which is admittedly small when he gets.
A very essentially completely outlawed -- how they're not permitted.
He married legally married that is very -- violations of religious freedom and other.
Being that we're very concerned about with Egyptian constitution is.
It talks about certain protections for religion but only for what it calls for the three have -- -- define relations and that was he.
He -- christianity charity -- them.
And that you know that again is a pretty blatant violation in the promotion of freedom of religion which means that people -- -- eight.
Need to be treated equally or people don't --
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