ON-Lion Letter
The Egyptian government has "not taken sufficient steps to halt repression of and discrimination against some religious believers, or, in many cases, to punish those responsible for violence or other severe violations of religious freedom," Center for Religious Freedom director Nina Shea told the U.S. House of Representatives' Task Force on Religious Freedom in a late-May briefing.

Among other things, the respected international human-rights lawyer told the task force, "These violations include continued prosecution in state security courts and imprisonment of those accused of 'unorthodox' Islamic religious beliefs or practices, including those who are not militants" and "discrimination against, restrictions on, interference with, and harassment and surveillance of members of non-Muslim religious minorities, particularly Christians and Baha'is, by the Egyptian state security services."

Shea, who is also vice chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, acknowledged the Egyptian government's efforts to combat extremism, but urged that it be held to account for its security services' inability or unwillingness to find the perpetrators of extremist violence against religious minorities.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports the Center for Religious Freedom, which is housed at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C.
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