Geneva/based rights centre condemns bombings at Egyptian churches

GENEVA, 9th April, 2017 (WAM)– The Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue has strongly condemned today’s terrorist bomb attacks that targeted two churches in the Egyptian cities of Tanta and Alexandria.

“The two bombings were carried out by criminals who use religion to justify their heinous acts against Egyptian Copts who gathered to observe Palm Sunday,” said Chairman of the Geneva-based rights centre Dr. Hanif Al Qassim in a statement.

“Killing compatriots on their holiday represents maximum decadence of values and ethics,” he said while stressing that Arab states should follow in the steps of the UAE and issue legislation that criminalises hate speech and punishes anyone for disseminating information that insult any culture, faith or people anywhere in the world, he noted.

Criminalising hate speech should be precede renewing religious rhetoric, he stressed.

He proposed an international charter for criminalising hate speech, extremism and attacks on religions and insults aimed at matters considered holy to religions.

The proposed charter, he noted, should be under the umbrella of the United Nations, where all states should sign the charter and their parliaments should endorse it and work accordingly towards enacting relevant national legislations, he said.

“Terrorism propagated by the culture of hate has become a global phenomenon and must be countered with an international stance that criminalise and curtail the rhetoric of hate while severely punishing all those who spread this rhetoric,” Al Qassim added.

Source: Emirates News Agency