Are Egypt’s Christians Persecuted? Why Some Copts Say No

Source: Hudson Institute Author(s): Paul Marshall Original Link: https://www.hudson.org/research/16629-are-egypt-s-christians-persecuted-why-some-copts-say-no The religious freedom of and even the number of Christians in Egypt is highly contested. Last year the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) removed Egypt from its recommended category of “Countries of Particular...

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World Report 2021 | Egypt

Source: Human Rights Watch Author(s): Human Rights Watch Original Link: https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2021/country-chapters/egypt Egyptians in 2020 continued to live under the harsh authoritarian grip of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s government. Tens of thousands of government critics, including journalists and human rights defenders, remain imprisoned on politically motivated charges...

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Sisi, the Coptic Church, and Mutual Deals

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Mamdouh Almuneir Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/sisi-the-coptic-church-and-mutual-deals/ This article seeks to answer the question: What has the Coptic Church got in return for its support to Sisi and his regime? It also explores the impact of this deal on the Egyptian Copts and on the entire Egyptian people? Read more at original...

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Egypt Church & Jan. Revolution Attitudes & Transformations

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Mamdouh Almuneir Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/egypt-church-jan-revolution-attitudes-transformations/ The advent of the Egyptian January Revolution in 2011 marked a new era for the Church and Copts in Egypt. Pope Shenouda III remained loyal to former President Hosni Mubarak and his regime until the latter was deposed by the...

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Egypt’s Copts and Politics: Determinants and Developments

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Mamdouh Almuneir Original Link:  https://en.eipss-eg.org/egypts-copts-and-politics-determinants-and-developments/ Although Egypt’s Copts are considered an important component of the Egyptian society, however, many problems have often surfaced regarding the status of the Copts within the State and even within the Egyptian society itself. These...

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Personal Status of Copts: Crisis Made by State and Church

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): Ishak Ibrahim Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/personal-status-of-copts-crisis-made-by-state-and-church/ Recently in a rare ruling, an Egyptian court, in a case brought by a Christian woman demanding the equal distribution of inheritance between herself and her male siblings, ruled that Christians...

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World Report 2020 | Events of 2019

Source: Human Rights Watch Author(s): Human Rights Watch Original Link:  https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2020/country-chapters/egypt The Egyptian government in 2019 passed constitutional amendments that were approved in an unfair referendum in April. The amendments consolidate authoritarian rule, undermine the judiciary’s dwindling independence, and expand the military’s power to intervene...

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Ramy Kamel, Mada Masr, and Seeing Coptic Issues as Civil Liberties in Egypt

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): Amy Fallas Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/ramy-kamel-mada-masr-and-seeing-coptic-issues-as-civil-liberties-in-egypt/ On November 23 security forces arrested Ramy Kamel, a Coptic activist and founder of the Maspero Youth Union (MYU), from his home in Cairo, preventing him from accessing legal representation...

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To Protect Religious Freedom in Egypt, Ease Authoritarian Restrictions

Source: Freedom House Author(s): Sam Selsky Original Link:  https://freedomhouse.org/blog/protect-religious-freedom-egypt-ease-authoritarian-restrictions In October 2011, thousands of Coptic Christians staged a sit-in in front of the Maspero television building in Cairo to protest a church demolition in Upper Egypt, which allegedly occurred because the church was constructed without the...

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TIMEP Brief: Church Construction Law

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): TIMEP Original Link: https://timep.org/reports-briefings/timep-brief-church-construction-law/ The Church Construction Law creates a formal process for Christian denominations to submit a request for the “building, expanding, enhancement, reinforcement, destruction, or external detailing of a church, church annex, services building...

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TIMEP Brief: LGBTQ Human Rights in Egypt

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): TIMEP Original Link:  https://timep.org/reports-briefings/timep-briefs/timep-brief-lgbtq-human-rights-in-egypt/ During the rule of former president Hosni Mubarak and under current President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi, the Egyptian government has appealed to its conservative base by positioning itself as a moral authority, instituting...

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The Reality of Church Construction in Egypt

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): Ishak Ibrahim Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/the-reality-of-church-construction-in-egypt/ Egypt’s 2016 Church Construction Law established what was, on its face, a streamlined process for the construction of churches, and also provided for a committee to formalize churches which had been built illegally. But...

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