Statement on violence in Egypt
"ViolenceEgypt is shocking anddemands action"
CDJAis shockedby the sheerviolencewhichhas manifestedin Egyptin
recentdaysandisalsoconcernedabout the welfareof the population.The consequences of a
power vacuummay never lead tochaos, anarchyandviolence. Currentauthoritiesin the
country mustdefend human rightsandfreedomforitspeopleany time.
In the periodofuprisingsagainst the regimeof HosniMubarak,
Churchesweredestroyedandburned down. Beside thedifficultposition oftheCopts, alsoof
women, liberalEgyptiansand supporters ofvarious(former)
politicalleadersareunderpressure, accordingtohuman rightsorganizationsandmedia.
CDJAbelievesthatallEgyptianofficials anddignitariesshouldn’tforget the positivismof the
revolutionduringitsbeginningandhave thereforea greatresponsibilityto leadthe
transitionprocesstopeaceandstability. Very important is theguarantee offundamental
human rights, includingfreedomof expressionandfreedom ofreligionforCoptic Christians,
We call on theDutchgovernmenttocommittothecessation ofthe supply of weaponsto
Egyptand afreezetheborrowed5billioneurosbythe EuropeanUnion. The government, andin
particular theMinisterof ForeignAffairs, is alsoinvitedtogive assistance to Egypt