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EU adopts resolution criticising Egypt ’s rights record

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The European Union resolution on Egypt criticizes, among other things, discrimination against religious minorities in the country.

January 17, 2008 Egypt (US Copts Association) — Members of the European Parliament adopted Thursday a resolution criticising Egypt ’s human rights record, even after Cairo summoned EU ambassadors to complain about the text.


The text criticises Egypt over alleged torture practices, Egypt ’s decades-long state of emergency and the status of religious minorities.


International rights groups have repeatedly expressed concern about human rights in Egypt , including continued crackdowns on political dissent.

Ahead of the vote in Strasbourg , senior EU lawmakers vowed not to bow to Egyptian pressure, after the parliament in Cairo announced that it would sever links with the European institution.


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