Political and social context in the Arab world

Businessman donates the cost of land for a church for the “martyrs of al-Minya”

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March 20, 2015
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Amīr al-Rāwī
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A businessman in al-Minya bought a piece of land and will pay for all the costs required for building a church in al-Minya for the memory of the 22 Copts from al-Minya who were murdered by ISIS in Libya. Prime minster Mahlib said that “the state agreed on building this church to honor its sons”.

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The National Council for Human Rights: Egypt will continue its progress towards democracy despite all the obstacles

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March 20, 2015
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In an event in Geneva that took place during the meetings of the International Council for Human Rights, the national council for human rights, the Egyptian council, and the Arab council for Human Rights issued a collective statement saying that “Egypt will continue its progress towards democracy despite all the obstacles”. Muhammad Fāyiq, head of the National Council added “with the rise of terrorism, human rights issues becomes more challenging because terrorism is changing and taking on new shapes”.

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Egypt’s UN ambassador on Egypt’s human rights profile: “we accept positive criticism”

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March 20, 2015
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Egypt’s UN ambassador, ʿAmr Ramadān says “we accept positive criticism that will support the progress that we aim for”. Worth mentioning is that 25 international organizations issued a statement “condemning the Egyptian government for its treatment of human rights defenders and for its human rights violations”. According to Philippe Dam of human rights watch who spoke to the council, “Egypt’s response indicates a very weak potential for a positive change”.

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Al-Azhar announces that Yāsir Burhamī’s fatwa on the destruction of churches, is not a valid fatwa

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March 19, 2015
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Professor ʿAbd al-Maqsūd Pasha, member of the higher council of Islamic affairs stated that Yāsir Burhamī’s fatwa declaring it was “halal” to destroy a church “is a catastrophic fatwa”.  Pasha added that “Burhami is not a mufti and I am surprised that he is speaking on issues like that”; “one of the greatest things about Islam is that it allows churches to remain in Muslim countries because Islam respects others’ feelings”.

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Sources say that Muslim Brothers plan to poison food in Egypt

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March 19, 2015
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Ahmad Rashdī
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Sources informed Mobtada News, that the Muslim Brothers are planning an international conspiracy to buy poisoned food from all over the world and send it to Egypt”. “Mobtada also knew, that the Egyptian Authorities has already banned over 230 products this year for similar reasons”

 (19 March 2013, Mobtada, Ahmad Rashdī)

 

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Egypt ambassador to EU objects death sentences

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March 19, 2015
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 Ihāb Fawzī, Egypt’s ambassador to the EU in Brussels “has sent Sāmih Shukrī, Minister of Foreign affairs a letter objecting the high number of death penalties against the Muslim Brothers in Egypt”. According to al-ʿArabī News, Fawzī believes such exaggerated numbers of death sentences make his job harder in trying to “fix Egypt’s image”.

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Salafis : reporting the Muslim brotherhoods - to the police - is an Islamic duty

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March 19, 2015
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Muhammad al-Abasīrī, a prominent Salafi Imam issued a fatwa stating that “reporting those who invite others for violence and terrorism and their followers is an Islamic duty”. Abasīrī added “those who do not report the Muslim Brothers are participating in the violence by their silence and shall be asked about that by Allah”

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Ministry of Interior says the Muslim Brothers are shifting to violence

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March 19, 2015
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The ministry of interior accuses leaders of the Muslim Brotherhoods abroad of leading violent extremist groups. Muhammad Muntasir the spokesperson of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, rejected the accusations and said “we refuse violence and our revolution will remain peaceful”.

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Egyptian response for human rights recommendations

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March 19, 2015
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Egypt accepts 11 recommendations from the UN commission on Human Rights and rejects 60 because of their conflict with Shari’a law such as equal inheritance between man and woman as well as other recommendations such as abolishing the death penalty. Egypt also rejected accusations of systematic and mass killings of protesters.

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13,000 Muslim Brotherhood members are currently inside state institutions

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March 19, 2015
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The founder of the Public Coalition for Resisting Egypt’s Islamization, Muhammad Sa’ad KhairAllah, confirmed that he gave the presidency a list containing 13,000 members of the Muslim brotherhood who were employed in the state by Mursī during his period. According to the “Public Coalition”, the members of the MB were focused on “Maspero media building, Nuclear and electric capacities”.

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