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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Christians and Other Religious Minorities in the Middle East

Source: The Century Foundation Author(s): Elizabeth Monier Original Link: https://tcf.org/content/report/christians-religious-minorities-middle-east-questions-elizabeth-monier/ Thanassis Cambanis: You’ve said that Christians in the Middle East represent different denominational, ethnic, and linguistic identities. Is it unproductive to talk about Middle Eastern Christians as a homogenous...

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Excluded and Unequal

Source: The Century Foundation Author(s): MICHAEL WAHID HANNA Original Link: https://tcf.org/content/report/christian-exclusion-from-egypts-security-state/ In November 2018, in a tragic scene that has by now become all too familiar, Copts converged on al-Amir Tadros Church in Minya, 150 miles south of Cairo on the banks of the Nile. They were there to bury seven victims of a militant

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The Crisis of LGBTQ Communities in Egypt: Questions for Ahmed El Hady

Source: The Century Foundation Author(s): Ahmed El Hady Original Link: https://tcf.org/content/report/crisis-lgbtq-communities-egypt-questions-ahmed-el-hady/ Thanassis Cambanis: What is the state of the LGBTQ community in Egypt right now? Ahmed El Hady: We are experiencing a crisis of existence and survival. We are being killed, put in prison, committing suicide. In 2018, we had 122...

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Women and Gender in the Middle East and North Africa: Mapping the Field and Addressing Policy Dilemmas at the Post-2011 Juncture

Source: Barcelona Centre for International Affairs Author(s): Katerina Dalacoura Original Link: https://www.cidob.org/en/publications/publication_series/menara_papers/final_report/women_and_gender_in_the_middle_east_and_north_africa_mapping_the_field_and_addressing_policy_dilemmas_at_the_post_2011_juncture This report offers a “map” of the diverse situations of women in the post-2011 MENA...

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HUMAN RIGHTS IN EGYPT: REVIEW OF 2018

Source: Amnesty International Author(s): Amnesty International Original Link: https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/MDE1299162019ENGLISH.pdf The scope of Egypt’s human rights crisis expanded, as the authorities arrested opponents, critics, satirists, current and former human rights and labour rights activists, journalists, presidential candidates and sexual harassment survivors. The...

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Copts, Church, and State: Egypt’s Christians Frustrated with Lack of Protection

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): Candace Lukasik Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/copts-church-and-state-egypts-christians-frustrated-with-lack-of-protection/ Under the leadership of Coptic Pope Tawadros II, the official message of the Coptic Orthodox Church has been that Copts under Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi are living under...

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Egypt’s Sectarian Committee to Combat Sectarianism

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East PolicyAuthor(s): Timothy E. KaldasOriginal Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/egypts-sectarian-committee-to-combat-sectarianism/ In late December, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi announced the formation of a committee to combat sectarianism in Egypt. On its face, Sisi’s decision is welcome, especially after a series of violent...

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World Report 2019 | Events of 2018

Source: Human Rights Watch Author(s): Human Rights Watch Original Link: https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2019/country-chapters/egypt Since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi secured a second term in a largely unfree and unfair presidential election in March, his security forces have escalated a campaign of intimidation, violence, and arrests against political opponents, civil society activists...

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