Egypt solidarity - candlelight vigil for peace

Egypt

All people of good conscience are invited to join Muslims and Christians
and gather in Civic Square on Friday evening for a candlelight vigil and
prayer service for those who have lost their lives in the Egyptian protests.

CANDLELIGHT VIGIL & PRAYER FOR EGYPT

Friday 23 August 2013, 6-7pm

*Civic Square, Wellington *

Egyptian Sheik Khaled will address the gathering and lead a Muslim prayer,
while Father Gerard Burns will lead a Christian prayer, in a united call
for an end to the violent attacks.

UN High Commissioner of Human Rights Navi Pillay said last week, "The
security forces in Egypt are bound by the principle of the rule of law and
must exercise their functions in full respect of human rights, including
the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly."

Egyptians Ahmed el-Tayyeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, and Nobel Peace
Prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei, ex-vice president for foreign affairs in
Egypt's post-Morsi de facto government, also said more peaceful solutions
should have been used to end the pro-Morsi vigils.

As the violent repression and death-toll mounted, ElBaradei resigned from
the military-backed de facto authority, saying he refused to bear "the
responsibility for a single drop of blood."

We invite all in Wellington to join us at Civic Square at 6pm on Friday 23
August to light a candle for the lives lost, and join with Christians and
Muslims to make a unified demand for an end to the violence in Egypt.

Media Contacts: Shahd Al-Matary 022 194 5812 Julie Webb-Pullman
022 155 6769

Attached photo: Muslims defending a church in Egypt, in the absence of
police and security forces.

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