Shia Rights Watch strongly condemns the mob attack to Shia Muslims populated village and assassination of Sheikh Hassan Shehata and three other Shia Muslims last Sunday. Sources reveal that crimes against Shia are supported by Egyptian president since he promotes hate speeches by clerics in public.
On Sunday a mob of 3000 people attacked houses of Shia Muslims in the small village of Zawya Abu Muslim in Giza, killing four people. The attack was motivated by lectures of anti-Shia clerics who called Shia infidels in the village.
Albawaba news quoted an eyewitness Barakat, who reported the incident live on Twitter. He took photos and videos showing one of the Shias began dragged in the street after being beaten. “I saw several Shias stabbed several times while they were being dragged in some sort of public lynching,” said Barakat.
Other eyewitnesses stated that police forces arrived late at the scene and only watched the crowd with not effort to stop them.
SRW emphasizes that the growing campaigns against Shia Muslims under the supervision of president Musri is leading to sectarian conflicts and is against human rights.
SRW had previously warned the Egyptian authorities about violations towards Shia Muslims in Egypt. Shia rights violation escalated especially after president Mursi took office in 2012. President Mursi has supported hatred languages and activities against Shia minority and his support lead to harassment, human rights violations, oppression and now assassination of Sheikh Hassan Shehata and three more.
Because of the increasing violation towards Shia Muslims, SRW calls on Egyptian Judicial Council to trial the Egyptian president in charge of inciting sectarian conflict in country. Mursi must be held responsible for the crimes against Shia Muslims since there are many evidences available that his leadership is leading to crimes against human rights.
SRW believes president Mursi should be questioned by the Egyptian court for violating human rights and increasing violence between sects of Islam.