Baird Meets with Coptic Christians in Toronto

August 26, 2013 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, Parliamentary Secretary Bob Dechert and Andrew Bennett, Canada’s Ambassador for Religious Freedom, today met in Toronto with members of the Coptic Christian Orthodox community to discuss the religious persecution of members of their community in Egypt.

“We continue to have grave concerns following recent attacks on religious institutions in Egypt,” said Baird. “In the face of these injustices and atrocities, Canada will not be silent, and we will continue to speak out to promote religious freedom on behalf of those who wish to practise their faith in peace and security.”

“Attacks on places of worship are completely unacceptable, and we have made numerous pleas to Egyptian authorities to ensure worshippers and religious sites are protected from violence and intimidation,” said Andrew Bennett. "We expect those protections to be put in place."

“Through the Office of Religious Freedom, we will continue to work with the community in Egypt and around the world to promote the rights of Coptic Christians as well as all those threatened and persecuted around the world,” said Parliamentary Secretary Bob Dechert.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird earlier announced two new programs to help promote religious freedom around the world.

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