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DALLAS (August 1, 2011) – On Tuesday, HDNet World Report the network’s Emmy Award-winning news program, presents an in-depth look at post-revolutionary Egypt including escalating sectarian violence, and the shocking way in which some women are now being treated there.
In the first part of the hour, HDNet World Report delves into the rise in violence as Christians are increasingly being targeted by Muslim groups. Egypt has long been home to a minority Christian population, known as Coptic Christians, who make up about 10 percent of the 80 million people in Egypt. The Copts believe that they are being targeted by fundamentalist Muslims, known as Salafis, who want to drive the Christians out of Egypt to build a pure Muslim country. However, World Report reveals that it might not be that simple.
HDNet World Report was on location just one week after Muslims attacked Christian churches in a Cairo neighborhood called Imbaba where fifteen innocent people were killed while the Egyptian Army looked on and did nothing to stop it. But who (or what) is behind this rise in violence?
“There is this huge suspicion that these sorts of outside external elements may have been instigated or brought there by elements that were related to the former regime,” said H.A. Hallyer, an expert on ethic relations in the Middle East. “Do we know that for a fact? No we don’t, but it is something that is definitely felt and perceived in quite a wide sway of the Egyptian society. ”
Also, World Report exposes the deteriorating plight of women in Egypt. Women were a vocal force during the revolution. They demonstrated alongside men in Tahrir Square, and hoped the end of the Mubarak regime would bring them freedom. But now they say their rights are being trampled on, and fear even worse oppression to come.
Egyptian feminist Fatima Khafaghi tells World Report, “The ultraconservative started saying like the laws that give some human rights to women, that we have to repeal all this because this was done in the previous regime and this is contradictory to Sharia.” Khafaghi adds, “They want children to get married. This we will not accept. They want to take back the right of women for divorce.”
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For more information about these disturbing changes in post-revolutionary Egypt, tune into HDNet World Report, Tuesday, August 2 at 9:00 p.m. ET with an encore at 12:00 a.m. ET.
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