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Five European states back burka ban

By James Blitz

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More than half of voters in four other major European states back a push by France’s Nicolas Sarkozy to ban women from wearing the burka, according to an opinion poll for the Financial Times.

 

World Council of churches Message of Solidarity

to Christians in Egypt 

Message from WCC Executive Committee to Member Churches in Egypt

 

ADOPTED
For Action
Doc. PI 1 Annex 2 
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World Council of Churches
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Bossey, Switzerland
23-26 February 2010

We, the executive committee of the World Council of Churches (meeting from 23 to 26 February 2010 in Bossey, Switzerland), send you greetings in the precious name of our Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ!

Switzerland Unruffled by Qaddafi’s Call for ‘Jihad’ in Wake of Its Ban on New Minarets

PARIS — The Swiss government reacted blandly on Friday to the latest rhetorical sally from the eccentric Libyan leader, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, who called on Thursday for a “jihad” against Switzerland. The two countries have been sparring since the Swiss arrested one of Colonel Qaddafi’s sons and his wife in 2008 on suspicion of beating their servants.

 UK Statement to Universal Periodic Review UN

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Thank you, Mr President,

The UK welcomes the Egyptian delegation to Geneva. We recognise Egypt’s commitment to improving human rights and welcome its willingness to discuss challenges.

We note Egypt’s positive steps towards safeguarding human rights in several areas. In particular, we welcome the National Council for Human Rights’ creation and the establishment of a minimum quota of seats for women in the People’s Assembly. However, challenges remain.

  

European Court Rules Against Turkey’s Religion ID

Designation on identification cards used to discriminate on basis of religion.

By Damaris Kremida and Will Morris

ISTANBUL, February 5 (Compass Direct News) – A European court on Tuesday (Feb. 2) ordered Turkey to remove the religious affiliation section from citizens’ identification cards, calling the practice a violation of human rights.

Religious minorities and in particular Christian converts in Turkey have faced discrimination because of the mandatory religion declaration on their identification cards, which was enforced until 2006. Since then, citizens are allowed to leave the “Religion” section of their IDs blank.

The Independent 

UK: Judge Cherie Blair gives man reduced sentence because he is devout Muslim

Secular society upset by Judge Cherie decision

 

By Jerome Taylor, Religious Affairs Correspondent

Mrs Blair is a devout Roman Catholic who sits as a part-time judge under the title Cherie Booth QC

A senior judge could be called on to investigate a complaint that Cherie Blair handed down a more lenient sentence to a man who had been convicted of fracturing a person’s jaw because he was religious.

 

Burqa and naqab have no place in Denmark, says PM

COPENHAGEN: The face-covering burqa and niqab veils worn by some Muslim women have no place in Denmark, Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen said onWednesday, adding his government was considering restricting them.

Catholic Online 

Dina and Maher El-Gohary, Persecuted Coptic Christians Ask Obama for Help

By Deacon Keith Fournier

'We are imprisoned in our own home because Muslim clerics called for the murder of my father.'

The majority of Christians in Egypt are Coptic Orthodox. The very word “Copt” comes from an early Greek name for Egypt. After all Christianity and Egypt have a long and holy history. Perhaps that is part of the reason why the persistent persecution of Christians in Egypt is so appalling.
The majority of Christians in Egypt are Coptic Orthodox. The very word “Copt” comes from an early Greek name for Egypt. After all Christianity and Egypt have a long and holy history. Perhaps that is part of the reason why the persistent persecution of Christians in Egypt is so appalling.
CAIRO, EGYPT (Catholic Online) – The history of Christianity in Egypt goes as far back as the visit of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. (Matt. 2) To the Christians who live in this historic land the history of the Church is the history of Egypt. The Evangelist Mark brought the Gospel to Egypt in 61 A.D. and it has a proud and inspiring Christian heritage.

French report calls for burqa ban

French report calls for burqa ban  

AFP/File – A woman wearing a niqab -- the full Islamic veil -- walks through Lyon in eastern France. A French parliament …

PARIS (AFP) – A French parliament report called on Tuesday for a ban on the full Islamic veil in many public places, saying Muslim women who wear the burqa were mounting an "unacceptable" challenge to French values.

European Centre for Law and Justice, submitted Hegazi's case to the UNHCHR
Voice of the Copts Announces
On behalf of Voice of the Copts, President Dottore Architetto Ashraf Ramelah announces the following information regarding the Egyptian citizen, Mr. MOHAMMED BISHOY HEGAZY and FAMILY MEMBERS. 

Mohamed Hegazy

 

Egypt groups slam govt on Copt killings

AFP

Two leading Egyptian rights groups have criticised authorities for refusing to acknowledge the sectarian dimension in the recent killing of six Coptic Christians in southern Egypt.

"What happened in Nagaa Hammadi was a sectarian killing," Hafez Abou Seada, Secretary General of the Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights (EOHR) said in a statement on Wednesday.

 

Copts march through Sydney to protest at Egyptian deaths

Members of Australia's Coptic Christian community march through Sydney to protest at the deaths of six Copts in Egypt.

Members of Australia's Coptic Christian community march through Sydney to protest at the deaths of six Copts in Egypt. Photo: Ramon A Williams

Members of Australia's Coptic Christian community have marched through Sydney to protest at the deaths of six Copts in Egypt this month.

The marchers numbered more than 5000, Father Gabriel Yassa of the Coptic Orthodox Church said.

 

Egypt security court to try suspects in Copt killings

Egypt security court to try suspects in Copt killings 
FP/File – Three Muslims accused of gunning down six Egyptian Christians on the Coptic Christmas Eve will stand …

CAIRO (AFP) – Three Muslims accused of gunning down six Egyptian Christians on the Coptic Christmas Eve will stand trial before an emergency security court, the state prosecutor said on Saturday.

Egypt security court to try suspects in Copt killings

Abdel Magid Mahmud said in a statement that the three men were charged with premeditated murder aimed at harming national interests.

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada 

Canada Condemns Attack on Coptic Christians

(No. 4 – January 7, 20106 p.m. EST) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, issued the following statement condemning the attack earlier today on Coptic Christians leaving a midnight Mass celebrating Christmas in Nag Hammadi, Egypt:

Detaining children in Britain: No place for the innocent

 

What kind of country drags vulnerable children from their beds at daybreak, puts them behind bars and fills them with terror? Paul Vallely meets a family who have endured this horror – in Britain. And they're not alone

 

 

 

Corridor of power: Europe's largest detention centre for immigrants, Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre, where the Mansours were taken

Corridor of power: Europe's largest detention centre for immigrants, Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre, where the Mansours were taken.

The thundering knock came early in the morning. It was 6.30am. Without waiting for an answer the security chain across the door was smashed from its fittings. Feet thundered up the staircase. The five children, all under the age of 10, were alarmed to be woken from their sleep by the dozen burly strangers who burst into their bedrooms, switched on the lights and shouted at them to get up

Seven Egyptian Christians Sentenced to Prison
    
Egypt (AINA)

Seven Coptic Christians, including two priests, were sentenced to prison for allegedly being involved in a brawl in connection with a dispute over the purchase of a property by the Coptic Orthodox Bishopric of Delga and Deir Mawas, 270 KM from Cairo. The Misdemeanor Court in Mallawi upheld a verdict passed by the First Instance Court in April, 2007.

Crew members stranded in Muslim holy city as non-Muslims not permitted in Medina. 

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Thirty Flyglobespan crew members are stranded in the Muslim holy city airport of Medina in Saudi Arabia after the company declared bancrupt.

  • Medina
  • Medina

The airline had a contract to carry passengers between Delhi in India and Medina for the Hajj pilgrimage.

christian post 

U.S. Coptic Christians to Rally Against Persecution in Egypt

Coptic Christians are planning to hold rallies in at least four U.S. cities Monday to express their "resentment and rejection" of the persecution that fellow believers are facing in Egypt.

The rallies, organized by members of the The Free Copts, will be held in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington at a time when Christians in Egypt are reportedly facing killings, destruction and looting of their property, deportation from their homes and the forced Islamization of their minor daughters.

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Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood split

By Roula Khalaf and Heba Saleh in Cairo

A senior leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has acknowledged that government repression has widened the rifts within the organisation as conservative voices fearful for its survival battle with reformists over the merits of political participation.


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