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Amnesty calls for release of Egyptian Christian

 A boy plays in front men praying, background, during the Friday noon prayer in Al-Azhar mosque in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, May 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Khali...
 An Asian boy holds his slippers as he walks to attend the Friday noon prayer in Al-Azhar mosque in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, May 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Khal...
 Young boys attend the Friday noon prayer in Al-Azhar mosque in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, May 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
 An Egyptian man chants slogans as he hold a shoe with an Israeli flag drawn on it during an anti-Israel protest held after the Friday noon prayer at ...
 Egyptians chant slogans as a man burns the Israeli flag during an anti-Israel protest held after the Friday noon prayer at Al-Azhar mosque in Cairo, ...

Mideast Egypt

A boy plays in front men praying, background, during the Friday noon prayer in Al-Azhar mosque in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, May 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Khali...

Mideast Egypt

An Asian boy holds his slippers as he walks to attend the Friday noon prayer in Al-Azhar mosque in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, May 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Khal...

APTOPIX Mideast Egypt

Young boys attend the Friday noon prayer in Al-Azhar mosque in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, May 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Mideast Egypt

An Egyptian man chants slogans as he hold a shoe with an Israeli flag drawn on it during an anti-Israel protest held after the Friday noon prayer at ...

Mideast Egypt

Egyptians chant slogans as a man burns the Israeli flag during an anti-Israel protest held after the Friday noon prayer at Al-Azhar mosque in Cairo, ...

Amnesty International has called on Egyptian authorities to release a Coptic Christian schoolteacher held for contempt of Islam.
The rights group on Friday denounced the detention of 24-year-old Dimiana Abdel-Nour, a social studies teacher in a southern village near the famed city of Luxor. She was accused by some students of allegedly showing contempt while talking about Islam in class last month.
Luxor prosecutor issued an arrest warrant against Abdel-Nour this week over allegations of proselytizing and of "defamation of religion." A court is scheduled to look into her detention on Saturday.
Amnesty's Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui says it's "outrageous that a teacher finds herself behind bars for teaching a class" and that if Abdel-Nour had made a "professional mistake or deviated from the curriculum, an internal review would have sufficed."


Updated : 2021-10-22 22:34 GMT+08:00