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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Christian Minorities Under Attack - Iraq and Egypt

Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 10:00am
2359 Rayburn House Office Building


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.


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
    Written testimony
  • Sister Rita, Order of Preachers
    Written testimony
  • Michele Dunne, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
    Written testimony
  • Dina Guirguis, Keston Family Research Fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy
    Written testimony


112th Congress