An unprecedented wave of sectarian attacks on Coptic Christians swept Egypt on 14 August 2013 as the security forces violently dispersed protest camps set-up by supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi. The attacks left dozens of churches, church-affiliated buildings, schools as well as Coptic Christian-owned businesses, damaged. The Egyptian authorities must now conduct independent, thorough and impartial investigations into the violence, with the aim of bringing all those responsible to justice. They must provide adequate reparation and they must also urgently address the inherent discrimination facing Coptic Christians.
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