For Immediate Release
27 May 2016

EGYPT: ELDERLY WOMAN ASSAULTED, HOMES DESTROYED IN SECTARIAN VIOLENCE

Seven Coptic families lost their homes and an elderly woman was stripped and beaten during an outbreak of sectarian violence in Upper Egypt on 20 May, according to Church sources.

Violence erupted in Al-Karm Village, El-Minya Province, following rumours of an alleged relationship between a local Christian man and a Muslim woman. The man fled the village after facing significant harassment and his family lodged a complaint at Abu Kourkas Police Station on 19 May after receiving threats indicating they would be attacked the next day.

 

Egypt: Christian convert facing maltreatment in prison

 

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has received confirmed reports that Bishoy Armia Boulous, an Egyptian convert to Christianity who is currently serving a prison sentence, is being mistreated in prison.

Bishoy Armia Boulous, formerly known as Mohammed Hegazy, is being held in Tora Prison, Cairo. His lawyer has informed CSW that Mr Boulous is being held in solitary confinement in a cell designated for those awaiting capital punishment. Prison staff are abusing him verbally on account of his religion and are also abusing him physically; including breaking his glasses and making him walk barefoot to hearings in Minya Misdemeanour Court. There are unconfirmed reports that Mr Boulous has begun a hunger strike in protest at his detention and maltreatment.

PRESS RELEASE

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10 September 2014

Coptic Orthodox Church UK

Media and Communications Office

Coptic Orthodox Church (Europe)

Media and Communications Office


Statement by His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom on 10 September 2014 regarding the need for collaboration to address violations of international religious freedom in Iraq, Syria and the Wider Middle East.

Bishop Angaelos is delivering a keynote address at the In Defence of Christians (IDC) Summit in Washington DC on 10 September 2014 between 1-2pm (BST) 8-9am (EDT).

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From all progressive Human Rights Egyptian organisations in UK

 

For Immediate release

 

 

6/7/2013

 

 

On 03/07/2013 The Egyptian people’s will prevailed. They crossed the sea of hatred, ignorance, discrimination and terrorism to emerge at the shores of freedom. Egypt’s tyrant who admittedly started as an elected president; has demonstrated incomparable incompetence, and was also reckless with the national security of the country. He had to be defeated. The people were victorious in their demand to bring down a new dictator. As the Egyptians recommenced their glorious revolution from the Tahrir square, its noble birth place, the army stepped in to protect the country against Morsi’s anti-democratic thugs.

 

Egyptian government must take immediate action to stop incitement to violence against Shi’a

24 June 2013

At least four Shi’a Muslims were killed by a mob in the village of Zawyat Abu Muslam in Giza governorate close to Cairo, on Sunday, including the well-known community figure Hassan Shehata.

“It is absolutely essential for the police to take immediate action to arrest those responsible for the killings. As the killings were carried out in front of a crowd, there were many witnesses”, stated Chris Chapman, Head of Conflict Prevention at Minority Rights Group International (MRG).

According to Egyptian media sources, Salafist Imams have been inciting hatred against Shi’a in the village for the last three weeks.

“There are Egyptian media channels which have been celebrating the killings of Shi’a in Giza governorate. The government must take immediate steps to stop hate speech in the media”, Hafez Abu Seada, Director of the Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights, told MRG today.

Press Release

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19th April 2013   

Protest against the destruction of Egypt civil structuresAnd it’s replacement by Muslim brotherhood  

Ever since the Muslim Brotherhood came to power through their representative Mr Mursi on 30/06/13, they have done nothing but try to increase their power through undermining and destroying Egypt government and society civil structures.

They brutally oppressed the opposition infiltrated the police and tried to destroy the judiciary and the media to replace them with their symathisers. The constitution which was produced by a majority of them is a shameful document that didn’t address the aspirations of the Egyptian people. 

During the 5/12/2012 protests against President Mursi, police stood idly by as 49 protesters were illegally detained and tortured By Mursi’s supporters, as the MB’s leader called for more illegal arrests via Muslim Brotherhood’s media sources. 

During Mursi’s rule approximately 60 protesters have been killed and thousands injured by the police force during the breaking up of protests. Police have reportedly used rubber and iron shot shell pellets against protesters. No one was tried from either the police force or Morsi’s militias.

 

For Immediate

 Release12 April 2013

EGYPT: COPTS ARRESTED FOLLOWING ATTACK ON ST MARK’S CATHEDRAL

Egyptian authorities have arrested four Coptic men who were present in St Mark’s Cathedral when it was attacked last weekend.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) was informed Shadi Sami was arrested at 4 am, while Michael Morcos was arrested at 6 am by Special Forces who stormed the back entrance of his apartment. It appears the men were detained for being in the grounds of St Mark’s Cathedral when it was attacked last Sunday.

Two other Coptic men were also arrested in the early hours of today, according to the Coptic Maspero Youth Union.

The men were amongst hundreds of people who attended Sunday’s funeral at St Mark’s Cathedral for four Coptic men who were killed in sectarian violence last Friday in Khosous, a town 10 miles from Cairo.

As mourners left the funeral, they were pelted with stones, petrol bombs, and Molotov cocktails, forcing them to seek shelter in the grounds of the Cathedral. As stones and other missiles continued to be hurled from the roofs of surrounding buildings and by people who had climbed the walls of the Cathedral, young Coptic men took up sticks and rocks to retaliate.

Two Coptic men were killed during the violence, and 84 were injured, including Michael Morcos, who required sixteen stitches to the head after being hit by a glass bottle. When police eventually arrived at the scene, they fired teargas into the grounds of the Cathedral and did nothing to end the attack, which continued for at least five hours.

Andrew Johnston, Advocacy Director at CSW, said: “These arrests come at a time when the Coptic community in Egypt is still coming to terms with an unprecedented attack on the headquarters of the Coptic Orthodox Church and the violence in Khosous.

Two Copts were killed during the attack on the Cathedral; four more died in Khosous, yet not one of their attackers has been arrested. Such discrepancies in the discharge of justice contribute to impunity, and can only foster more sectarianism.

They also sends a clear message that Christians are not viewed as equal citizens, despite the government’s verbal protestations to the contrary, and the fact that Egypt is party to international covenants that prohibit discrimination.

Being in the Cathedral identifies these men as victims, not perpetrators. CSW therefore urges their immediate release, and calls on the Egyptian authorities to focus instead on apprehending assailants caught on camera as they attacked the Cathedral with stones and guns.”

For further information or to arrange interviews please contact Kiri Kankhwende, Press Officer at Christian Solidarity Worldwide on +44 (0)20 8329 0045 / +44 (0) 78 2332 9663,

email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.csw.org.uk.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is a Christian organisation working for religious freedom through advocacy and human rights, in the pursuit of justice.

 

 

 

 

 

مؤتمر عالمى مع المنظمة الالمانية لحقوق الانسان

 

لفضح الفاشية الاخوانية

 

 

يشارك اتحاد المنظمات القبطية فى اوربا مع المنظمة الالمانية لحقوق الانسان " “ IGFM فى بون يوم 12 و 13 من شهر ابريل بحضور عددا من السياسيين فى المانيا من الحزب الحاكم والاحزاب الاخرى فى مؤتمرهم السنوى وسوف يقوم اتحاد المنظمات القبطية بنشر الاعمال الاجرامية من وزارة الداخلية المعضدة من ميلشيات الاخوان ضد الاقباط العزل وضرب الكاترائية المرقسية بالعباسية فى عمل همجى اجرامى لم يسبق حدوثه منذ دخول المسيحية .

 

وسوف نفضح النظام الارهابى الذى يحاول طمس جرائمة باصدار تعليماتة للمستشفيات المصرية التى يعالج فيها المصابين فى جريمتى الخصوص والكاتدرائية بعدم كتابة اى تقارير طبية او الاحتفاظ باسماء المصابين فيما عدا المستشفى القبطى .

 

كما اننا نحمل توثيق كامل لجرائم النظام فى الاتحادية وتصفية كل شرفاء الوطن الشهداء مثل جيكا الحسينى محمد الجندى ..... ليطمئن اخواننا المصريين اننا نقف صفا واحدا ضد خفافيش الظلام الفاشيين وتجار الدين عديمى الضمير .

 

ونتعهد باننا سناخذ الاجراءات القانونية ضد هذا النظام الارهابى .

 

 

اتحاد المنظمات القبطية فى اوربا

 

مدحت قلادة رئيس الاتحاد

 

دكتور ابراهيم حبيب نائب الرئيس

 

مجدى يوسف منسق عام الاتحاد

   
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Why ARE YOU SILENT?
    
How many Coptic Egyptian Christians have to die before you take action?
   
What has been described as the Arab Spring has evolved into deadly seasons, especially for the original Christian inhabitants of these lands. The dictators who once ruled these countries are being replaced by militant Islamic regimes that are bent on cleansing their nations from all Christians.Not a day passes in Egypt without Christian homes, businesses and churches burnt to the ground.
   
Members of the Christian minority are wounded and killed.
    
It is common for their children to be kidnapped for ransom or for coerced conversion to Islam. In village after village, militant Muslims drive Christians from their homes and businesses, where they have lived for generations.

A recent atrocity in Egypt exemplifies violence unprecedented in modern history. On Sunday April 7, 2013, a funeral service was held at St Mark’s Coptic

 

FCO Minister condemns violent clashes in Egypt

Alistair Burt condemns violence outside Coptic Cathedral in Cairo, and calls on all parties in Egypt to respect freedom of religion.

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Reacting to violent clashes that broke out at St Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo following a funeral there, Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt said:

I strongly condemn the violent clashes that occurred outside Cairo’s St Mark’s Coptic Cathedral on 7 April, leaving at least one person dead and many others injured. I offer my condolences to the families of the victims, and urge all to show restraint. Freedom of religion and belief is a vital component of a democratic society, and it is important that individuals are able to visit their places of worship safely and peacefully, and that security forces act effectively to protect them. We welcome the news that there will be an investigation into the incident.

 

For Immediate Release

8 April 2013

EGYPT: SIEGE ON COPTIC CATHEDRAL HIGHLIGHTS ESCALATING SECTARIAN VIOLENCE

At least two people were killed and over 90 injured yesterday during a siege on St Mark’s Coptic Cathedral in Abbasiya, Cairo, in the aftermath of a funeral for four Coptic men.Hundreds of mourners had attended the funeral of 25 year-old Morqos Kamel, 35 year-old Victor Saad, 45 year-old Mansour Attia and 25 year-old Essam Tawadros, who died of gunshot wounds during a mob attack on 5 April on the Christian community in Khorous, a suburb 10 miles north of Cairo, following unsubstantiated claims that Christians had daubed offensive imagery on the walls of an Islamic institution.

When the mourners attempted to leave the premises, they were pelted with stones, petrol bombs, and Molotov cocktails, forcing them to seek shelter in the grounds of the Cathedral. As stones and other missiles continued to be hurled from the roofs of surrounding buildings and by people who had climbed the walls of the Cathedral, young Coptic men took up sticks and rocks to retaliate.

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EGYPT: Use of Blasphemy-like Charges Must End

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April 5, 2013| By USCIRF

 

WASHINGTON D.C. – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today expressed concern about the Egyptian government’s continued application of blasphemy-like charges that are used to stifle dissent and limit the freedoms of religion and expression.

Bassem Youssef, a well-known Egyptian comedian and satirist, was questioned on Monday April 1, 2013 by Egypt’s Public Prosecution office after being charged with “insulting Islam” on his popular television program. He also was charged with insulting the president and spreading false information aimed at threatening public order. On Wednesday, April 3, Egyptian comedian Ali Qandil was questioned after being charged with “insulting Islam,” based on a February appearance on Mr. Youssef’s program. Both Youssef and Qandil posted bail and were released. These are just two of the most recent examples of a disturbing trend that affects all Egyptians.

   

بيان صحفى

ينطلق فى القاهرة يومى 30و 31 مارس 2013 مؤتمرا حاشدا عن المواطنة والأقليات تحت حكم الاخوان المسلمين.

وصرح السيد مجدى خليل ،مدير منتدى الشرق الأوسط للحريات الذى ينظم المؤتمر،أن هذا المؤتمر هو الاكبر من نوعه فى تاريخ مصر الحديث فى هذا الموضوع، حيث سيشارك فيه بالحضور أو بتقديم أوراق بحثية حوالى 70 سياسى وأكاديمى وباحث متخصص فى الموضوع، وسوف تصدر هذه الابحاث فى مجلدين بالعربية والانجليزية لأستشراف واقع ومستقبل الأقليات تحت الحكم الإسلامى.

 

Resolution unanimously adopted by the EPP Political Assembly

on Religious Intolerance

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The European People’s Party,

Whereas it is our moral obligation and co-responsibility to stand up for Christians around the

world, considering our cultural heritage rooted in Judeo-Christian traditions;

Whereas the freedom of thought, conscience and religion is enshrined in the 1948
Universal

Declaration of Human Rights, whereas this freedom includes right to adopt, freely exerciseor change one

, whereas this freedom includes right to adopt, freely exerciseor change one's belief, and whereas this freedom is subject only to the conscience and is

independent from all outside control, be it governmental or any other natural authority;

Whereas it is estimated that roughly 70 % of the world's population belongs to one of four

world religions;

25 January 2013

Egypt: Renewed calls for justice, equality and human rights on second anniversary of uprising

On the second anniversary of the Egyptian uprising in Tahrir, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) continues to call for the equality of citizenship for all Egyptians, regardless of their religion or beliefs.

Two years ago Egyptians of all creeds and backgrounds joined together to demand equality, justice and the rule of law. In the immediate aftermath of the fall of the Mubarak regime, there was hope for a new Egypt, where the rights of all Egyptians would be respected and upheld.

However repression has continued in the subsequent years, with brutal tactics being employed against pro-democracy protestors by the previous military and by the government of President Morsi in order to enforce the status quo, resulting in the loss of many lives. Most recently, seven people died and hundreds were injured during the widespread protests that took place late last year, following the negative reaction to the new constitution, which restricts freedom of expression and the rights of women and religious minorities.

PRESS RELEASE

For immediate use

24 January 2013

The Coptic Orthodox Church UK

Media and Communications Office

 

On the eve of the second anniversary of the January 2011 uprising in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of The Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom issued a statement (via CopticMediaUK.com) commenting on the recent escalation of violence against Christians, and calling for direct intervention by the Government of Egypt, leading to social cohesion, saying:

 

‘Considering the significant sacrifice that has been presented over the past two years, even leading to the loss of life, it is time for Egypt to emerge out of the pattern of discriminatory practice, and take on its new identity of a promised democracy that the January 2011 uprising sought to establish.’

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U.S. Government Advisory Body Concerned by Draft Egyptian Constitution  

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By USCIRF

 

The Egyptian Constituent Assembly on November 30 approved a draft constitution that includes problematic provisions limiting freedom of religion or belief for all Egyptians.

“The constitution was drafted without a balanced representation of all the Egyptian constituencies; as a result the religious freedom provisions of the draft constitution are deeply flawed. If approved by referendum, the draft would enshrine into law one group’s view of religion that could severely limit religious freedom for Muslims and non-Muslims alike. The draft also would undermine the goals of the January 25, 2011 revolution, which many saw as the first step toward a new day for rights and liberties in Egypt after decades of dictatorship,” said USCIRF Chair Katrina Lantos Swett. “The draft text favors an interpretation of one conservative school of Sunni Islam above all others and fails to provide for full conscience protections, for Muslims, non-Muslims, and dissidents. Furthermore, religious communities not considered among the ‘divine’ would be deprived of their religious freedoms.”

Hasty passage of the draft constitution concluded a contentious process. The major Islamic institution in Egypt, Al-Azhar, the Constitutional Court, as well as many liberal, Christian, minority and dissenting representatives abandoned the process, voicing concerns that the process was flawed, the representation not balanced, and the draft not reflective of the principles of freedom. The document is scheduled for a popular referendum on December 15.

For Immediate Release

7 December 2012

EGYPT: SIX DIE IN CLASHES FOLLOWING SIT-IN PROTEST AT PRESIDENTIAL PALACE

Six people have been killed and 600 injured in violent clashes following an opposition sit-in outside the presidential palace in Cairo in protest at the controversial draft constitution and a recent decree that granted President Morsi sweeping powers. Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is calling on the UK government to raise concerns about both the decree and draft constitution with the Egyptian government as a matter of urgency.

 

MRG urges Egypt to give Constitution drafting process more time

30 November 2012

Minority Rights Group International (MRG) expresses serious concern about Thursday's approval of the Draft Constitution by Egypt's Constituent Assembly.

Egypt's President Morsi has stated that he will now organise a popular referendum to ratify the draft. Roughly a third of the Assembly had resigned over the past months, protesting against the dominance of a political voting bloc promoting an Islamic conception of State and Society.

The members who resigned were predominantly from Liberal or Socialist parties, or belonging to the Coptic Christian Church, as well as representatives of ethnic minorities. Religious and ethnic minorities of Egypt were either never included in the Assembly, or have now withdrawn.

  

بيان إتحاد المنظمات القبطية بأوروبا (إيكور(

بشأن التدخل الامريكى السافر لتسليم السلطة للاخوان

نحن إتحاد المنظمات القبطية بأوروبا نشجب بشدة كل محاولات الضغط الأمريكي والقطري غير المشروع على السلطة الإنتقالية المصرية وكل محاولة تحايل على الإرادة العامة للشعب المصري بتسليم السلطة إلى مرشح تشوب نتيجته شوائب عدم المشروعية والغش والتدليس والطعون ضده مقدمه حالياً أمام القضاة المختصين.

كما أننا نرفض الإجتماعات التي تتم على الأراضي الأمريكية بين وفد الموساد الإسرائيلي والأخوان بمباركة أمريكية قطرية... عبر دهاليز تفتقر للشفافية والإعلام ونُحَمِّل أمريكا المسؤولية الدولية الكاملة عن كل محاولة سياسية لتسليم السلطة  قبل إعلان النتيجة الرسمية للإنتخابات بواسطة اللجنة القضائية المختصة صاحبة الإختصاص الدستوري الوحيد وفقاً للإعلان الدستوري الساري خلال الفترة الإنتقالية.

Egypt: No to Constitution Establishing Political and Theocratic Tyranny - Egyptian Rights Groups Reject Draft Constitution

The undersigned human rights organizations express their rejection of the content and philosophy of the draft constitution proposed by the Constituent Assembly and scheduled to be voted on in a referendum within the coming month. The undersigned organizations emphasize that this draft constitution does not represent the cultural, religious, ethnic, and political diversity of Egyptian society. Furthermore, this draft constitution fails to uphold the objectives of the January 25th Revolution and undermines the values of citizenship, equality, freedom, and human rights.

The Constituent Assembly has turned its back on the January 25th Revolution and made light of the sacrifices made by thousands of Egyptians to achieve freedom, social justice, and democratization. In its draft of the constitution, the Assembly supports the cornerstones of political tyranny by adopting a system which enshrines massive powers for the presidency, as was the case prior to January 25, 2011. It also leaves the door wide open to the creation of a religious state, which poses severe challenges to rights and freedoms.

Dear all,

Grace and peace to you from our Lord Jesus Christ during these days of the fast of our fathers the apostles.

As you will undoubtedly know, a government consultationon on same-sex marriage has been conducted, and the period for submission of comments and representations comes to an end today. Over the past months I have been contacted and approached by many within our own community who are very disturbed about this matter and its expected implications.

For this reason please find attached and below our statement submitted to the Government Equalities Office as well as the press release we issued earlier today. I thought that you would like to both see and potentially share this with others of our community and beyond to to reassure them of our involvement in the process and our position on this matter.

On a separate note, over these coming days we also pray for Egypt through the presidential elections, and for our own Church as we seek God’s hand to choose a good and faithful shepherd for us.

Asking your prayers for our common witness, I leave you in the love and care of our gracious Lord.

+Anba Angaelos 

+Anba Angaelos 

PRESS RELEASE

For immediate use and circulation

Date: 14th June 2012

 

The Coptic Orthodox Church Centre UK

Media and Public Relations Office

The Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom responds to the Government Equalities Office Consultation relating to same-sex civil marriage.

In response to the Government Equalities Office Consultation, The Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom has stated that it cannot support the proposal relating to same-sex civil marriage, listing the following items for careful consideration: 

    

Organisation Franco-Egyptienne

pour les Droits de l'Homme 

Franco-Egyptian Organization for Human Rights

 منظمة فرنكو ايجبسيان لحقوق الانسان – اوفيد

 

بيان صحفي - باريس ١٨ نوفمبر ٢٠١٢ - 

 

زيارة محمد ابو حامد لفرنسا

قامت منظمة فرنكو ايجبسيان لحقوق الانسان - اوفيد - بفرنسا باستقبال السيد محمد ابو حامد النائب بمجلس الشعب المنحل ورئيسحزب حياة المصريين لثلاثة ايام بين الاربعاء والجمعة ١٤ الى ١٦ نوفمبر ٢٠١٢ حيث عقد رئيس المنظمة السيد جون ماهر لقاءا موسعا بباريس مع ابو حامد لبحث وضع انتهاكات حقوق الانسان وتحديات التحول الديمقراطي في مصر بعد ثورة ٢٥ يناير وقد قامت المنظمة ايضا بتنسيق عدة لقاءات للنائب ابو حامد مع عدد من الشخصيات الفرنسية والاوروبية التي تمت في مجلس الشوري بباريس ومنهم  النائبة رئيسة لجنة الصداقة الفرنسية المصرية والنائب المسؤول عن العلاقات الخارجية والنائب المسؤول عن تنمية السياحة وادريان جوتيرون نائب رئيس مجلس الشورى السابق اما في المفوضية الاوروبية ببروكسل فقد نظمت المقابلات مع هيئة العمل الخارجي الأوروبي المتخصصة في أدوات حقوق الإنسان ومع فريق التوعية بمكتب مستشار السياسة الأوروبية وتناولت هذه الاجتماعات تحليل الوضع في مصر والتحديات التي تواجه القوي المدنية والليبرالية لفرض احترام المواطنة والحريات وحقوق الاقليات والمرآة والطفل وايضا مشكلة صياغة الدستور وقضايا التحول الديمقراطي وقد تم مناقشة الطرق والوسائلالتي يمكن من خلالها ان تساعد فرنسا والاتحاد الأوروبي الشعب المصري في تحقيق التحول الديمقراطي المنشود بعد الثورة

جون ماهر - رئيس المنظمة

  

  

بيان اتحاد المنظمات القبطية بأوروبا( إيكور)بشأن المبادىء التنظيمية للدستور

على أعتاب مرحلة جديدة فى تاريخ مصر الوطن الذى يعيش فينا ، و انطلاقا من وعى دستورى كامل بعدم وجود مبادئ فوق دستورية حاكمة و أنما مبادئ تنظيمية و موضوعية سابقة على اعداد الدستور الجديد و معبرة عن آمال الشعب المصرى بعد ثورة يناير ٢٠١١، أضحى من المحتم ان يصدر قانون تشكيل الجمعية التأسيسية لتنظيم إجراءات تكوينها و عملها من الناحية الإجرائية كما اصبح من اللازم أيضاً ان يكون امام هذه الجمعية الدستورية التأسيسية وثيقة تلخص ضمانات الحقوق و آمال ثورة يناير حتى تستلهم بها هذه الهيئة الموقرة.

و من اهم هذه المبادئ يجدر بالذكر التى: ان مصر دولة مدنية مستقلة ذات سيادة، لغتها العربية، و نظامها جمهوري ديمقراطي يقوم من الان فصاعد على مبادئ التعددية السياسية ، المواطنة، المساواة وعدم التمييز بين المواطنين فى الحقوق و الواجبات و كذلك مبدأ سيادة القانون و الدولة القانونية و ان الشعب، بكل طوائفه وفئاته و قواه السياسية بلا تمييز او تعيين أو حصر، هو المصدر الوحيد للسيادة. و تبعا فان كل سلطة أنشأها هذا الدستور تخضع لهذه السيادة و تعمل فى اطارالوحدة الوطنية و التكافل الاجتماعي، و تتوخى المساواة بين المواطنين فى الحقوق و الواجبات. و بهذه المثابة تلتزم الدولة بجميع سلطاتها باحترام مبدأ الكرامة الإنسانية و الحريات الدستورية المقررة فى الاتفاقيات الدولية التى صدقت مصر عليها و ذلك بلا انتقاص او انتهاك او تجر.

For Immediate Release

9 October 2012

EGYPT: NO JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS ON ANNIVERSARY OF MASPERO MASSACRE

Peaceful protests are scheduled to take place today to commemorate what has been termed “Egypt’s Bloody Sunday”, when unarmed demonstrators peacefully protesting the destruction of a Coptic church in Mari Nab, Aswan district, were surrounded and attacked by members of the security services outside the state television centre in Cairo’s Maspero suburb, resulting in 27 deaths and hundreds of injuries.

Victims’ families are still awaiting real justice one year on from the attack on peaceful Christian and Muslim protestors. The majority of victims suffered gunshot injuries, while others were severely beaten. Video footage depicts soldiers driving armoured vehicles at the crowd, mowing down a number of people, several of whom were crushed to death. During the violence, state media was widely criticized for playing an inflammatory role by calling on “honourable citizens” to “defend” the army from allegedly “armed” Coptic attackers.

For Immediate Release

25 May 2012

EGYPT: TWELVE CHRISTIANS SENTENCED TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT IN “SERIOUS MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE”

Twelve Christians were sentenced to life imprisonment in Egypt on 21 May 2012 in connection with an outbreak of sectarian violence in April 2011 that left three people dead. Eight Muslims jointly charged in the case were acquitted.

Sources close to Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) described the decision by Judge Abdel Fattah Ahmend al-Sughayar of Minya Criminal Court as a “serious miscarriage of justice”.

The conflict in April 2011 reportedly began after a Muslim bus driver became angry over a speed bump outside the home of a wealthy Coptic attorney and instigated a crowd, brandishing weapons, to assist him in removing it. Fearing an imminent attack, the guard at the house began to shoot, killing two Muslims and injuring two others. Following the funerals of the two dead, a mob of local Muslims, accompanied by Salafis, burnt down scores of Christian homes and businesses. During the violence an elderly Coptic woman died after being thrown from a balcony, while a Coptic man was critically injured. According to members of the local Coptic community, when security forces arrived at the scene they did not intervene to stem the violence.

 

 

 

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                 UK Copts

07,October,2012

Coptic Organisations UK

Immediate Press Release

Two Coptic Children Accused of 'Insulting Islam' Released Pending Investigation  

The Coptic Organisations in the UK strongly condemn the irresponsible, threatening and intimidating action of the Egyptian Security forces and the judiciary in arresting and putting on trial 2 children under 10 who have been accused of defaming the Quoran.

The children who have been found to be illiterate have just been released pending a full trial.

This is just another clear example of terrorising Coptic families and their children, state collusion in persecuting Christians and abuse of the role of law and a clear miscarriage of justice on Coptic Christians in direct violation of “The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child” which Egypt is signatory country.

We ask the international community to take action and demand the immediate dismissal of this trial based on the illiteracy of the children and the malice nature of the accusation.

Coptic Organisations UK

UK Copts Assosiation

United Copts of GB

United Action for Egyptian Christians

Press Release

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Sharia justice in Arab Spring Egypt.

Egypt: Muslims assault Christians, Muslims acquitted, Christians sentenced to life in prison

On the 21 May 2012 Minya Criminal Court sentenced 12 Christians to life in prison in a case set off by religious tensions in the country’s south. Head Judge Abdel Fattah Ahmed al-Sughayar acquitted eight other Muslim defendants. The Christians were found guilty of sowing public strife, the possession of illegal weapons and shooting dead two Muslims in April of last year in Abu-Qurkas Minya province, about 220 kilometers (135 miles) south of Cairo..  

The religious tension in Minya spilled over into violence last year when a Muslim microbus driver, angered by a speed bump outside a wealthy Christian man’s villa, got into a scuffle with security guards who beat him. After returning to his village of Abu Qurqas that evening, he rounded up the villagers who then gathered outside an ultraconservative Islamist group’s main office "Ansar El-Sharia" to protest his beating, the Christians nearby seeing the 3000-4000 Salafis armed with knives, machetes and sticks thought they were going to be attacked and shot from their rooftops down at the crowd, killing two and wounding two others.  

For several days after, angry villagers torched dozens of Christian homes and stores. The eight Muslims on trial in the same case had been charged with possession of illegal weapons and burning down the Christian-owned homes and stores after the shooting, later in court were exonerated.

lawyer Alaa Reda Rushdi was who is one of the twelve sentenced was not present at the time of the incident as he coming back from attending court hearing in Cairo to one of his cases he was as well sentenced to life imprisonment.  

This court case is stark example to the persecution of Christians in Egypt by the last resort for justice, the Egyptian courts.

The innocent lives who are going to suffer life imprisonment for no reason other than being Christians condemned by an Islamist judge, and the exoneration of the mob who burned and razed the Christian homes and businesses is going to be shame and disgrace to the discredited Egyptian justice who urgently need to be cleansed and purged from Islamists contamination and infiltration.

Christians in Egypt are in urgent need for justice and urgent need to feel secure in the land of their ancestors.  

We ask the Egyptian Supreme Military Council, the Egyptian government to retry this sham case.

We ask every Human Rights organisation, government and anyone who believe in justice to pressurize the Egyptian government to retry this case.

 

 

The current forming of the Human rights council in Egypt violates Paris principles for national entities for human rights.

 

Al Kalema Center For Human Rights (ACHR) expresses its deepest sorrow and disappointment over the way the Egyptian national council for human rights was formed, the merits used was not transparent, unacceptable and does not comply with Paris principles and merits of Paris for forming national human rights councils (PPFHRC).

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In the New Egypt, It's "Punish the Victim and Crush the Innocent"

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Coptic Solidarity strongly urges that the international community, through the United Nations Human Rights Council, appoint a special rapporteur for the Copts in Egypt, particularly in light of the recent evictions, property confiscations and attacks against Copts.

The Copts are the Christians of Egypt who represent about 12% of Egypt's 84 million people.

Over the past two weeks, a new and ugly campaign has been waged against Copts. At least eight Coptic families have been evicted from their homes in the al-Nahda village, Amereyah, near Alexandria, following unconfirmed accusations against a Copt of having an affair with a Muslim woman. Even though the accused quickly surrendered himself to the police for investigation, some 5,000 village people, incited by Salafists and other Islamist groups, went on a violent rampage, collectively punishing the few Coptic families that live in the area, burning and ransacking their houses and their property. To make things worse, a "council" dominated by these Islamists was convened, in the presence of and approval of the area's chief of the police. This "council" decided to evict eight families from the village. The families' property will be liquidated by the "council." When the Coptic families objected to such a decision, they were told that were "free to stay at their own risk." They have since escaped, while the remaining families live in absolute horror.

 

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ANHRI calls the Egyptian authorities to

 listen to the economic, social demands of the citizens and meet them instead of

arresting the peaceful protesters who protest

Cairo, August 12, 2012
ANHRI calls the Egyptian authorities to meet the economic and social needs of the citizens and promote the communication between them and the Egyptian citizens who want to reap the fruits of their revolution. It calls also to ensure their right to freedom of expression and protest the mass of peaceful demonstration instead of arrest due to the exercise of the legitimate right to express their opinions.

 For Immediate Release

29 December 2011

EGYPT: ANGER AT MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES FOR THREE SOLDIERS INVOLVED IN MASPERO VIOLENCE

Three Egyptian soldiers are to stand trial for the manslaughter of 14 of the 27 civilians who died during the violence of 9 October, when the Egyptian military attacked a peaceful civil rights demonstration made up largely of members of the Coptic community in Maspero, Cairo.

The trial of the three soldiers, who are accused of running over 14 demonstrators using Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs), will begin on 8 January. The decision to charge them with manslaughter and not murder, despite video footage depicting APC’s being driven into crowds as gunners fired at the unarmed civilians, has been met with anger by human rights activists and members of the Coptic community.

  المركز المصري لحقوق الإنسان 

المركز المصري لحقوق الإنسان

هيمنة الاخوان على الصحف القومية وترهيب الاعلاميين

خطوة مرفوضة وغير ديمقراطية

 

القاهرة في : 9 / 8 / 2012

يعرب المركز المصري لحقوق الانسان عن مخاوفه بشأن حملات الترهيب التى قام بها عدد من شباب جماعة الاخوان المسلمين وحزب الحرية والعدالة ضد الاعلاميين المصريين وشن حملات عدائية ضد القنوات الفضائية فى مرحلة مفصلية تمر بها البلاد، وتحميل القنوات الفضائية مسئولية ما تتعرض له البلاد فى سابقة خطيرة لم يجرؤ النظام السابق على القيام بها وهو الأمر الذى يمهد لمرحلة خطيرة يتم فيها الاعتداء على الحريات العامة للاعلام ولا يمكن قبوله.

 

  

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الانتخابات المصرية والمصيرية

زيورخ فى 1/12/2011

تعد المشاركة غير المسبوقة للشعب المصرى الأصيل والتي أبهرت العالم، في أول انتخابات حقيقة بعد ثورة 25 يناير 2011، والتى حفلت بالعديد من التجاوزات المؤسفة التي تتناقض مع الممارسات الديمقراطية فى الدول المتحضرة، والتي ألقت بدورها بظلال قاتمة من الشكوك علي العملية الأنتخابية برمتها وهي :

أولا : استغلال الدين فى السياسة وهو ماتعهد المجلس العسكرى الحاكم ووفقا للأعلان الدستوري وقوانين الاحزاب المعلنة انه لايسمح بأستغلال الشعارات الدينية فى الأنتخابات مثل الورقة الدوارة ومن يحب الأسلام ينتخب حزب ال....... والدعاية العلنية داخل وخارج اللجان دون محاسبة وأستخدام سلاح المنقبات وعدم كشف الشخصية وعدم خلع قفازات اليد مما اعطي الفرصة لكثير من المغالطات .

For Immediate Release

3 August 2012

EGYPT: CHRISTIAN HOMES AND BUSINESSES DESTROYED IN SECTARIAN VIOLENCE

Christian homes and business were looted in violence that broke out following the death of a Muslim man in the Egyptian village of Dahshur on 1 August 2012. An estimated 120 Christian families had reportedly fled the village the previous day in anticipation of revenge attacks.

In a statement, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has promised to punish culprits of the Dahshur violence to the “full extent of the law”. The President’s spokesperson stated that President Morsi “would not allow anyone to attack public or private property or terrorise any Egyptian citizen.”

The incident began on the 27 July when a Coptic launderer, Sameh Samy, burnt the shirt of a Muslim client, Ahmad Ramadan. It is claimed that despite both men agreeing to settle the grievance that evening, Mr Ramadan returned in the afternoon with a 3,000-strong armed mob, which surrounded Mr Samy's house and business. As fighting raged, Mr Samy eventually hurled a Molotov cocktail from the roof of his house, which hit a Muslim passer-by named Moaz, who was taken to hospital with third degree burns from which he later died.

According to the Assyrian International News Agency (AINA), 120 Christian families fled the village, with only one family remaining, following threats by clerics and the victim’s family to exact revenge. Police later arrested and detained Mr Samy, his father and brother and charged them with murder and possession of explosives. Despite five arrest warrants being issued for five Muslims involved in the attack, they remain at large.

Following the violence and destruction, Coptic Christians from the Maspero Coptic Youth Federation and the Coalition of Egypt’s Copts staged demonstrations outside the presidential palace. The Coptic Orthodox Church issued a statement criticising authorities “for not dealing firmly with the events, demanding the speedy arrest of perpetrators, the provision of security to the village Copts, their return to their homes, and monetary compensation for all those affected.”

Andrew Johnston, Advocacy Director of Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), said, “CSW is very concerned at the latest incident of sectarian violence in Egypt, and the seeming continuation of the culture of “collective punishment”, whereby an entire Coptic community is punished for the actions of one individual. It is worrying that Christians are increasingly being displaced and forced from their homes for fear of imminent attack. While CSW commends the statement by President Morsi, we call upon him to honour his promise to pursue true justice for victims of violence. In order to end impunity, victims must be adequately compensated for the damage to or loss of their properties, and their safe return to their homes in Dahshur must be ensured.”

For further information or to arrange interviews please contact Kiri Kankhwende, Press Officer at Christian Solidarity Worldwide on +44 (0)20 8329 0045 / +44 (0) 78 2332 9663, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.csw.org.uk.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is a Christian organisation working for religious freedom through advocacy and human rights, in the pursuit of justice.

      

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 11, 2011

USCIRF Condemns Egypt’s Violence and Urges Prompt, Impartial Investigation

WASHINGTON, DC – In response to deadly violence in Egypt on Sunday, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) calls for a thorough, impartial, and independent investigation to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice in civilian courts and that Egyptian military forces are held accountable for reportedly using excessive force.  USCIRF also calls for a portion of U.S. aid to be allocated to the Egyptian government to provide heightened security for religious minority communities.

 “USCIRF condemns in the strongest possible terms violence that targeted peaceful protestors, primarily Coptic Orthodox Christians and those Muslims who joined the demonstrations.  We offer our heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families,” said USCIRF chair Leonard Leo.


 

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Rev. Hon. Fred Nile ED., L.Th., M.L.C.

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Parliamentary Leader, Christian Democratic Party
Parliament House, Macquarie Street, SYDNEY NSW 2000

Telephone: (02) 9230 2478 | Facsimile: (02) 9230 2098
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Media Release

Islamic Extremist Elected as Egyptian President

26th June 2012

 

The Rev Hon Fred Nile MLC, Leader of the Christian Democratic Party, along with his Parliamentary team and Management Committee, are extremely concerned with developments in Egypt overnight, where the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate, Mohamad Morsi, narrowly defeated his opponent in the run-off vote to the Egyptian Presidency.

The ascendency of the Muslim Brotherhood has even shocked some liberal Muslims who are concerned about the implementation of the repressive Islamic Sharia Law in a nation that up until recent times was known for its moderate culture.


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