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Government should revoke citizenship of those ‘inciting violence’: Ministry

Religious endowments ministry also condemned “Western double standards of dealing with human rights”

The Ministry of Religious Endowments called on the Egyptian government to revoke the citizenship of Egyptians residing abroad who are “inciting violence”.

“We have been monitoring the different attempts to target the armed forces, the police, judges, media personnel, clerics, and public and private property,” said the Wednesday statement.

The ministry added that it had taken note of the “poison that is being spread” on foreign TV channels, by “traitors and agents who happen to carry the Egyptian nationality”.

After the ouster of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, a number of channels from abroad have been publically opposing the current regime, and in some instances called for protests and demonstrations, according to the ministry.

Thus, the government should revoke the citizenship of any Egyptians involved, as “these traitors and agents represent a threat to the homeland”, the ministry continued.

The statement added that the government should confiscate the finances and other assets of those individuals, “because they are members of a terrorist group.”

NGOs with religious affiliations have recently been subjected to a state crackdown over allegations of being “Brotherhood organisations”. The latest NGO to be closed was the Medical Islamic Association, which was founded in the late 1970s.

Additionally, a special committee has been formed to freeze the assets of some prominent Brotherhood figures.

The ministry also condemned what it called “western double standards in dealing with human rights”, which include defending individuals involved in acts of violence by “terrorist groups” and ignoring “attacks on policemen.”

Quasi-religious-governmental organisations, such as the Ministry of Religious Endowments, Dar Al-Ifta, and Al-Azhar, have long been vocal opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood, describing it in many instances as a “terrorist organisation”. They have also openly supported the government of President Al-Sisi.

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