17 Sentenced to Death Over Egyptian Church Bombings

10/26/2018 Egypt (International Christian Concern) –   A military court in Egypt has sentenced 17 to death and 19 to life in prison for their involvement in several terrorist bombings against churches in the years 2016 and 2017.

It is reported by other sources that military trials for civilians as well as mass trials and sentencing have significantly increased within the last year. This comes at a time when Egypt has received serious criticism for its human rights record, including its ineffectiveness at addressing the religious freedom violations Christians face.

Consequently, there has been an increase of convictions for high profile cases involving violence against Christians. However, this is not the norm.

Mob attacks, the burning and looting of property, discrimination, intimidation, and violence towards Christians remain commonplace. Often, Christians are pressured to reconcile with their attackers instead of working the problem through a legal system. Frequently, Christians are arrested alongside their attackers and detained until they agree to participate in these reconciliation sessions.

 

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