Category Archives: Copts

Amnesty: military junta crushed hopes of the revolution


Egypt’s military junta is applying the same hated tactics of severe repression used by the former regime of President Hosni Mubarak, international human rights watchdog Amnesty International said in a report issued Tuesday, adding that the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) has “crushed” the hopes of revolutionary protesters. Continue reading

HRW calls for release of Alaa Abd El Fattah

Alaa (photo by Aljazeera)

On Tuesday, Human Rights Watch has issued a lengthy press statement in which it urges the Egyptian authorities to release blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah who is detained by military prosecutors.

Alaa was summoned by military prosecutors on 30 October. He was detained shortly after he refused to answer questions by the investigators over charges of stealing a military gun, deliberately destroying military property and attacking security forces during the bloody clashes last month that killed 22 people, most of them Copts. Continue reading

Islamists threaten to roll back legal gains for women

By: Mohamed Abdel Ghany

Ahmed Abubaker, a 35-year-old teacher has little interest in politics and barely followed the developments of the Egyptian revolution. But this recent divorcee has now taken up protesting.

Al-Masry Al-Youm found him just recently at a demonstration in front of the Ministry of Justice. Abubaker is joining likeminded divorced fathers who are calling for a change to laws regulating custody over their children. They believe that the current custody system, along with other provisions in the personal status law, is against Islamic Sharia law. Continue reading

New places of worship law leaves much to be desired

Egyptian Coptic Christians demonstrate in Cairo in March (AFP/File, Aris Messinis)

Days after the cabinet’s draft law on places of worship was issued, Christians are saying it is far from satisfactory and would reproduce the issues that have long caused sectarian tension.

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Monday’s papers: Analyzing the aftermath of Imbaba’s sectarian violence

Firefighters extinguish a fire on Imbaba's church. Photo: AFP

Today’s headlines convey the state of extreme anxiety that has followed sectarian strife in the working class district of Imbaba that left 12 people killed, more than 200 injured, and a church and several buildings torched.

Privately owned paper Al-Shorouk runs the headline “The fire of Imbaba is burning Egypt,” while the liberal Al-Wafd calls the incidents in the Cairo neighborhood a “Civil war in Imbaba.”

“Egypt in danger,” says the headline of the state-run Al-Akhbar, before detailing the investigations taking place. Continue reading

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Cairo’s Copts organize groups for self-defense

Photographed by Mohamed Marouf

Following my interviews with people in Imbaba (northwest Cairo), I wrote this piece:

Members of the Coptic community in the working-class neighborhood of Imbaba in northwest Cairo are forming groups for self-defense after recent sectarian clashes left 12 dead and hundreds injured.

Copts in Imbaba, who expect more clashes in coming months, say they have organized small groups to protect churches as well as homes and businesses owned by Copts.

The clashes broke out Saturday night after a group of Muslims attempted to storm a church under the pretext of rescuing a Muslim woman who converted to Christianity. A second church was set on fire.

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