Arrest of Two Coptic Children in Egypt- Statement by the Honourable Jim Karygiannis

 

October 3rd, 2012

Arrest of Two Coptic Children in Egypt-
Statement by the Honourable Jim Karygiannis,
Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Agincourt
and Liberal Critic for Multiculturalism

It was with great dismay that I learned of the arrest, in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Beni Suef, of two Coptic children, one aged 10 and the other aged 9, for insulting Islam by tearing up pages of the Quran.

The children, who are reported to be illiterate, were playing with papers they found in a small white bag near a garbage dump. While I do not condone the destruction of any religious text, I believe that the circumstances under which the children came into possession of the Quran must be taken into account.

These are children! Maybe they should be punished for destroying a book and have its religious importance explained to them. However, to be taken from their family and held in a juvenile detention facility is not the appropriate manner in which to handle this situation. It is the responsibility of the adults involved in this matter to set an example for these children – talking to them and explaining what they did was wrong.

I trust that the Egyptian court will expedite this matter and find both of these children innocent.

Hon. Jim Karygiannis P.C., M.P.
Scarborough-Agincourt

Liberal Critic for Multiculturalism

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Scarborough-Agincourt

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