An MP in the Netherland’s lower house of parliament was “alarmed by reports… that 1,500 Coptic girls have been kidnapped in the past 10 months” in Egypt and has urged the Foreign Minister to take action, NIS News Bulletin reports.
4/18/2012 Egypt (NIS News Bulletin) – A Lower House majority is demanding that Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal call his Egyptian counterpart to order on the kidnapping of Coptic girls in Egypt.
The demand is an initiative of small Christian party ChristenUnie’s MP Joel Voordewind. He was alarmed by reports by public broadcaster EO saying that 1,500 Coptic girls have been kidnapped in the past 10 months. They are often forced to convert to Islam and undergo female circumcision.
According to Voordewind, the growing influence of Salafism in Egypt is being accompanied by serious human rights violations. “The girls are genitally mutilated and forced into marriage without the Egyptian government doing anything against it. This is unacceptable.”