10 October 2011 

EGYPT: PEACEFUL PROTEST ENDS WITH MORE THAN 40 DEAD 

At least 41 people were killed and hundreds were injured in Cairo yesterday when Egyptian police and armed forces fired tear gas and live ammunition at a peaceful march protesting the destruction of a Coptic church in Mari Nab, Aswan. 

The Cairo protest was supported by members of the Muslim community, and was part of series of simultaneous demonstrations that occurred in Alexandria, Luxor, Qena, Minya and Beni Suef. In addition to drawing attention to the attack on the church in Aswan, the demonstrators were also requesting an effective conclusion to investigations into a spate of sectarian attacks, and the passing of a new law governing the building of churches, which may serve to limit the frequency of these attacks.

Report on Marriage, Divorce and Religious Courts Published A report on religious courts and tribunals in the UK has just been published by researchers at Cardiff Law School and the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK at Cardiff University. The year-long project, funded by the AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Programme, explored how religious law already functions alongside civil law in the area of marriage and divorce. The research project addressed concerns which were raised in the aftermath of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s lecture on Religious and Civil Law in 2008, which provoked an animated debate concerning the extent to which English law should accommodate religious legal systems, such as Sharia law.  These concerns have also come to the fore more recently as a result of the Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill (HL Bill 72) introduced into the House of Lords by Baroness Cox which seeks to regulate the operation of religious courts.

 

Annual Report of the

United States Commission on International Religious Freedom

May 2011

(Covering April 1, 2010 March 31, 2011)

Egypt

FINDINGS: The Egyptian government engaged in and tolerated religious freedom violations before and after President Hosni Mubarak stepped down on February 11, 2011. Serious problems of discrimination, intolerance, and other human rights violations against members of religious minorities, as well as disfavored Muslims, remain widespread in Egypt. Violence targeting Coptic Orthodox Christians remained high during the reporting period. This high level of violence and the failure to convict those responsible – including two of the three alleged perpetrators in the 2010 Naga Hammadi attack – continued to foster a climate of impunity, making further violence more likely. The Egyptian government has failed to protect religious minorities, particularly Coptic Christians, from violent attacks, including during the transitional period when minority communities are increasingly vulnerable. Since February 11, military and security forces reportedly have used excessive force and live ammunition targeting Christian places of worship and Christian demonstrators.

U.S. Department of State - Great Seal

 

 Egypt

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

International Religious Freedom Report 2010

November 17, 2010

The constitution provides for freedom of belief and the practice of religious rites, although the government places restrictions on these rights in practice. Islam is the official state religion, and the principles of Shari'a (Islamic law) are the primary sources of legislation.

The status of respect for religious freedom by the government remained poor, unchanged from the previous year. Members of non-Muslim religious minorities officially recognized by the government generally worship without harassment; however, Christians and members of the Baha'i Faith, which the government does not recognize, face personal and collective discrimination, especially in government employment and their ability to build, renovate, and repair places of worship.

  

USCRIF Report 2010

Egypt

FINDINGS: Serious problems of discrimination, intolerance, and other human rights violations against members of religious minorities, as well as disfavored Muslims, remain widespread in Egypt. The reporting period marked a significant upsurge in violence targeting Coptic Orthodox Christians.

The Egyptian government has not taken sufficient steps to halt the repression of and discrimination against Christians and other religious believers, or, in many cases, to punish those responsible for violence or other severe violations of religious freedom.

 اضغط اعلاه لتقراء التقرير

تقرير المبادرة المصرية لحقوق الإنسان

العنف الطائفى فى عامين

ماذا حدث ... ومن اين نبداء

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Two years of sectarian violence:

What happened? Where do we begin?

An analytical study of January 2008-January 2010

  

"The government continued to sponsor "reconciliation sessions", "This practice contributed to a climate of impunity that encouraged further assaults"

"The government failed to redress laws and government practices that discriminate against Christians"

US State Department on Human Rights 2009

 

The National Democratic Party (NDP) has governed the Arab Republic of Egypt, which has a population of approximately 83 million, since the party's establishment in 1978.

CSI Report Released: 

The Abduction and Islamization of Christian Women in Egypt 

A Report: The Disappearance, Forced Conversions and Forced Marriages of Christian Women in Egypt

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State Department Report on Human Rights 2009- EGYPT

 

 

 

The Constitution provides for freedom of belief and the practice of religious rites, although the Government places restrictions on these rights in practice. Islam is the official state religion, and the principles of Shari'a (Islamic law) are the primary source of legislation.

The status of respect for religious freedom by the Government declined somewhat during the reporting period, based on the failure to investigate and prosecute perpetrators of increased incidents of sectarian violence. 

UN HRC Egypt
Reported by The International Humanist and Ethical Union
 in co-ordination with The United Copts GB.
           
تقرير أمام مجلس حقوق الإنسان في الأمم المتحدة
           
عن منع المحاكم في مصر  للمتنصرين
            
من إثبات ديانتهم الجديدة فى المستندات الرسمية

uscrif 

USCIRF Expresses Concern over Reported Attacks on Coptic Orthodox Christians in Egypt  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is concerned at reports of attacks targeting Coptic Orthodox Christians in the small Egyptian village of Ezbet Boshra-East.
USCIRF has learned that Egyptian authorities reportedly have released from custody all those suspects who were originally arrested earlier this week.  Local authorities reportedly are conducting an ongoing investigation even though persons involved in the violence appear to be free.

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Freedom of Religion report for 2009 

Is highly critical of the Egyptian government record


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