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Christian Minorities Under Attack – Iraq and Egypt

Posted: Friday, September 23, 2011 at 06:03 PM CT


HEARING

THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011
10 AM
ROOM 2359 OF THE RAYBURN HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING

This hearing will take place at 10 AM on 1/20/2011, in Room 2359 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The Hearing is open to members of Congress, congressional staff, the media and the interested public.

DATE: Thursday, January 20, 2011
TIME: 10 AM
LOCATION: Room 2359 of the Rayburn House Office Building

BACKGROUND

Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing on the increased sectarian violence in Iraq and Egypt. Last October, at least 70 people were killed during a siege on Our Lady of Salvation Church in Baghdad making it the worst massacre of Iraqi Christians since 2003. The Islamic State of Iraq, an al-Qaeda affiliate, claimed the attacks were in response to actions by the Coptic Church in Cairo. Less than two months later, extremists bombed the homes of more than a dozen Christian families throughout Baghdad. On New Year’s Eve in Alexandria, Egypt, at least 21 people were killed by a suicide bomber while leaving a Coptic Church following a worship service. It was the worst violence against the country’s Christian minority in a decade.

WITNESS LIST

Panel I:

Panel II:

  • The Honorable Tamara Cofman Wittes, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near East Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Panel III:

  • Nina Shea, Commissioner, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
  • Sister Rita, Order of Preachers
  • Michele Dunne, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Dina Guirguis, Keston Family Research Fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy


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