Non-Muslims, Christians Arrested in Egypt for Eating During Ramadan

Non-Muslims, Christians Arrested in Egypt

for Eating During Ramadan

The Arrest is another indication of Growing Islamization in Egypt

Washington , D.C. (September 10, 2009) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Egyptian authorities arrested more than 150 people for eating during Ramadan.

The arrests were made in the southern governate of Aswan , in addition to many more in the Red Sea resort town of Hurghada . According to Al-Arabia, the authorities are cracking down on anyone, including foreigners and non-Muslims, who are found drinking, eating or smoking during the fasting hours.

This is the first time that Egyptian officials are taking such drastic action. And it is another indication of further Islamization in the country’s public life. Egypt now seems to be following the practices of the conservative Gulf States , where eating, drinking or smoking during Ramadan results in imprisonment for a month or a fine of $350.

This is against basic human rights of citizens. We (the Christians) are not Muslims and don’t believe in Islamic fasting. We have our faith and our own fasting. Even for Muslims, the decision to fast or not to fast is a personal issue,” said Magdhi Kalil in interview with ICC. Mr. Kalil is the director of the Middle East Freedom Forum.

Jonathan Racho, ICC’s Regional Manager for Africa and the Middle East , said, “Punishing non-Muslims for eating or drinking during Ramadan is both outrageous and a clear violation of the freedom of religion. We condemn in strongest terms the measure by Egypt to force Muslims and non-Muslims alike to fast during Ramadan. We call upon the international community to hold Egypt accountable for its illegal and unconscionable actions.

Please call the Embassy of Egypt in your country and politely ask Egyptian officials to release all the individuals they arrested for eating during Ramadan and to desist from making further arrests.

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