For Immediate Release

17 January 2020


The detention of Egyptian Coptic activist Rami Kamil, who is facing terrorism charges, has been extended by  15 days after he was interrogated in prison by prosecutors. He has reportedly been told to stop writing about violations of freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) if he wants to be released.

Mr Kamil, 33, is a prominent human rights activist who took part in the 2011 uprising, in which the government of Hosni Mubarak was overthrown, and the events that followed it. He is a founding member and coordinator of the Maspero Youth Union, a Coptic human rights group that emerged following the Maspero massacre of October 2011, in which over 20 Coptic protesters were killed when the military attacked a peaceful civil rights protest.

Parents’ outrage as school tells children not to sing ‘Lord’ in Christmas carol classic
Sun 15 Dec 2019
By Ruth Sax

Parents of children at a primary school in Essex are appalled after the head teacher ruled that children should sing ‘baby boy Jesus’ rather than ‘little Lord Jesus’ in the Christmas carol, Away in a Manger - so that pupils of all beliefs can join in.

UCGB SAYS; UK rehabilitation of terrorists is a joke, the root is in the preachers of hate in the Middle East

Usman Khan: All we know about London Bridge killer who was jailed for terror plot

Usman Khan, 28, was previously jailed for plotting terror attacks on targets including Parliament, the London Stock Exchange and the US embassy. He was out on license when he carried out Friday's attack at London Bridge.


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The terrorist who murdered two innocent people before being shot dead by police while wearing a fake suicide vest had already been jailed for plotting terror attacks.

Usman Khan, 28, was one of nine fundamentalists who schemed to target sites including the Houses of Parliament, the London Stock Exchange and the US embassy.


He was recorded saying that the only possible outcomes for him were martyrdom, prison or victory.

The terrorists were also recorded discussing leaving bombs in pubs and clubs in and around Stoke-on-Trent, where Khan lived at the time.

He was named by police as the suspect who was shot dead following yesterday's deadly attack, and searches of his Staffordshire home are being carried out.

A man and a woman died, while three others - a man and two women - were injured in the attack.

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It has since emerged that Khan, who was born and raised in the UK, and eight others were jailed for a variety of terror offences in February 2012 - and he was freed in December last year.

Khan was given an indeterminate sentence for "public protection" - meaning he could remain in jail beyond the end of his eight year sentence.

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“We will get rid of Christian people like you”:

Hani Morris Coptic Christian jailed on false charges in Kuwait, sues Kuwaiti government

After Canada accepted his Asylum for Protection as a refugee from Kuwait, Hani Morris, an Egyptian Coptic Christian, filed a lawsuit against Kuwait, and more specifically against two major institutions there, Al Mulla Motors and United Ahli bank in Kuwait. The case was accepted by the Canadian Court.


Islamic scholar ‘says Allah allows Muslim men to RAPE non-Muslim women to humiliate them'

AN ISLAMIC professor has allegedly claimed Muslim men are allowed by Allah to rape non-Muslim women in order to “humiliate” them.


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Saud Saleh allegedly made the comments on television

Professor Saud Saleh – from Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt – reportedly said rape is allowed between times of “legitimate war” between Muslims and their enemies.

The controversial professor allegedly said slavery existed before Islam and anyone could trade “freeborn men and women” but that Islam put slavery “into order” by regulating when it was allowed.

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 Sri Lanka expels 200 Islamic clerics after Easter attacks

Sri Lanka expels 200 Islamic clerics after Easter attacks

Sri Lanka's home affairs minister said some 200 clerics were expelled from the island amid a security crackdown in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday attacks.

Sri Lanka has expelled over 600 foreign nationals, including around 200 Islamic clerics, since the Easter suicide bombings blamed on a local jihadi group, a minister told AFP on Sunday.

Home Affairs Minister Vajira Abeywardena said the clerics had entered the country legally, but amid a security crackdown after the attacks, were found to have overstayed their visas.  Fines were imposed and they were expelled from the island as a result, the minister said.

هنصلى حتى وسط الرماد

"أسقف و أقباط مطاى يزيلون أثار الحريق بخيمة الصلاة ويصلون الجمعة العظيمة وسط الرماد ..

لم يمنعهم حريق خيمة الصلاة بالكامل من الصلاة بعد رفع الادلة الجنائية وفى وقت قصير تم ازالة اثار الحريق حوالى 1000 كرسى ومحتويات الهيكل ووضع كراسى وبدء صلاة الجمعة العظيمة رغم الرماد ورائحة الحريق تفوح فى كل مكان وحرارة الشمس الحارقة ولكن بخور الصلاة ارتفعت فى كل مكان يقف امامهم الاسقف والكهنة والشمامسة وخلفهم الشعب يصلون ذكرى صلب المسيح .....

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Sri Lanka authorities warned of Easter church bombings weeks before Sunday's massacre, officials say

After a day of deadly Easter Sunday attacks, counterterrorism expert Bobby Chacon says the massacre shows the radical ideology is spreading.

Weeks before coordinated bombings ripped through churches and luxury hotels -- killing nearly 300 people on Easter Sunday -- authorities in Sri Lanka received warnings a domestic radical Muslim group would attack the nation on the Christian holy day.

Despite multiple warnings from international intelligence agencies, however, Sri Lanka’s security officials reportedly failed to heed the alerts and apparently took no action to protect against a potential attack. Authorities were first alerted to the threat April 4.

Egyptian Christians Left With Nowhere To Pray But The Street

March 1, 20197:16 AM ET


On a recent visit to Egypt, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo toured a towering new cathedral. He praised the authoritarian government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi for supporting Egypt's Christian minority. But that is not the whole story in this majority Muslim nation. In some parts of Egypt, the government will not grant permits for churches. And tens of thousands of worshippers are left to pray in the street. NPR's Jane Arraf reports.

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JANE ARRAF, BYLINE: It's Sunday morning, and the Mar Gerges church in the town of Tayeba is almost full. It's a Coptic Orthodox service - three hours long. Children dart in and out. There are stained glass windows casting rainbow-colored light on the worshippers. Men are on one side, the women on the other. Most of the men wear galabayas - the long robes of the countryside. Their hands, raised in prayer, are weathered from working in the fields. A lot of the families in the battered, wooden pews have come from surrounding towns and villages, where their churches are closed.


UK: Unrepentant Islamic State bride stripped of citizenship, enraged family headed to court


“ISIS bride Shamima Begum has been stripped of her British citizenship after showing no remorse for joining the terror group.”

Her lawyer Tasnime Akunjee stated that her family is considering “all legal avenues to challenge the decision.” At whose expense? And now the family has launched its battle, vowing to “take Home Secretary Sajid Javid to court.”

Javid has “warned he will not hesitate to prevent the return of Britons who travelled to join ISIS.” Kudos to Javid. This should be a policy followed by every Western nation, out of concern for the safety of its citizens. Policymakers should keep in mind the people whom the Islamic State beheaded, raped and tortured.

Islamic State down to less than 1% of original caliphate: U.S.-led coalition


An armored vehicle drives in the front line village of Baghouz in the countryside of the eastern Syrian Deir Ezzor province, on the border with Iraq

BEIRUT - Recent gains by Kurdish-led forces in Syria have shrunk the Islamic State group’s “caliphate” to less than one percent of its original size, the U.S.-led coalition said on Thursday.

Maj. Gen. Christopher Ghika, the coalition’s deputy commander, described the size of the last patch of land held by the jihadists as “now less than one percent of the original caliphate.

Shamima Begum: Ex-Bethnal Green schoolgirl who joined IS 'wants to come home'

Shamima Begum

One of three schoolgirls who left east London in 2015 to join the Islamic State group says she has no regrets, but wants to return to the UK.

In an interview with the Times, Shamima Begum, now 19, talked about seeing "beheaded heads" in bins - but said that it "did not faze her".

Speaking from a refugee camp in Syria, she said she was nine months pregnant and wanted to come home for her baby.

She said she'd had two other children who had both died.


Saudi women's rights activist is being tortured in 'palace of terror,' brother says

By Tamara Qiblawi, CNN

Jailed Saudi activist Loujain Alhathloul

Jailed Saudi activist Loujain Alhathloul

(CNN)The brother of jailed Saudi activist Loujain Alhathloul has detailed in a CNN opinion piece the abuse his sister has allegedly endured in prison.

In the article, Walid Alhathloul writes that during a recent visit by his parents to see Loujain she told them she was regularly whipped, beaten, electrocuted and sexually harassed in a basement she called the "palace of terror."
Alhathloul was arrested in May 2018, along with 10 other women's rights activists in Saudi Arabia. Her family, Saudi activists and Human Rights Watch have alleged in recent months that she and other female detainees have been tortured and sexually harassed in prison.


 13-01-2019 05:48 PM

Nader Shukry

In the wake of an attack by the Muslim villagers of Manshiyet Zaafarana in Minya, some 250km south of Cairo, against the village Copts, the police closed down the only church in the village which is home to some 1,000 Copts.

The Bishopric of Minya and Abu-Qurqas headed by Bishop-General Anba Macarius, issued a statement on the matter. Under the title: Explanation regarding the problem at the church of Mar-Girgis (St George) at Minshiyet Zaafarana, the statement said the attack took place on Friday 11 January 2019, at 1:30pm [indicating that the attack took place following Muslim Friday noon prayers when worshippers sentiments are inflamed against Copts, and are rallied to attacks them for what is perceived as non-Islamic actions].

Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi teen granted asylum in Canada


Media captionThe #SaveRahaf campaign went viral after Rahaf started tweeting about her plight for asylum

A Saudi woman who fled her family and became stranded at Bangkok's main airport is flying to Canada after being granted asylum status.

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, had been trying to reach Australia via Bangkok, but was initially told to return to Kuwait, where her family were waiting.


Saudi Arabian girl, 18, barricaded in Bangkok hotel claiming she can’t go home because parents will KILL her for renouncing Islam

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun fled her family on Friday hoping to seek asylum abroad

By Neal Baker and Aletha Adu

7th January 2019

A SAUDI Arabian teen has barricaded in her Bangkok hotel and claims she can't go back to the desert kingdom because her parents will kill her for renouncing Islam.

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, ran away from her family while they were on a trip to Kuwait three days ago.

She tried to flee to Australia via Bangkok in hope of seeking asylum - but she was chased by Saudi officials who seized her passport.

Rahaf said she was detained after leaving her plane in Bangkok and told she would be sent back to Kuwait.

Egypt policeman killed defusing bomb near Coptic church

Egyptian police outside a Coptic church near Cairo

Image copyrightAFP/GETTYImage captionSecurity forces guarded streets approaching the church

A policeman has been killed trying to defuse a bomb outside a Coptic Christian church in Egypt, security officials say.

Mustafa Abid was reportedly a specialist in mine clearance.

Knifeman ‘shouts Allah’ as he stabs three people including police officer in Manchester

Kate Buck


Monday 31 Dec 2018 10:35 pm 

A knifeman allegedly shouted ‘Allah’ as he stabbed three people with a ‘long kitchen knife’ at Manchester Victoria Station, witnesses have claimed

British Transport Police said that one of their officers had been stabbed in the shoulder and a man and woman had been taken to hospital with knife injuries.

Hundreds of Egyptian Christians protest at police killing

MINYA: Hundreds of Coptic Christians on Thursday attended the burial of a father and his son who were killed by a police officer in Egypt's Minya province, amid cries for the state to provide more protection.

The Copts, who make up around 10 percent of the population, have long complained of discrimination. They have also frequently been attacked by Islamist militants who see them as infidels, prompting authorities to place armed guards outside churches and monasteries.

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