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10. Unified worship houses law won't end sectarian strife – activists

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10. Unified worship houses law won't end sectarian strife – activists
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Date of source: 
June 5, 2011
Author: 
Hānī Samīr
Reviewer: 
‘Amr al-Misrī
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A number of human rights activists agreed that the unified law regulating the construction of houses of worship in Egypt would not end the recent sectarian strife over the issue.

Hāfiz Abū Si'dah, Chairman of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR), said the law would settle 70-80% of the reasons of these sectarian sentiments. "Much of the sectarian violence used to break out either because a house was converted into a church or because a church was re-built without a license."

Nijād al-Bura'ī, a human rights activist, said the law would solve much of the sectarian problems but would not end it once and for all because sectarian strife in Egypt is mainly a crisis of culture.

"Muslims have to get used to seeing Christians in top decent state posts while Christians must not take matters as sheer challenge," said Bura'ī.

9. Crisis of Jackline's disappearance solved

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9. Crisis of Jackline's disappearance solved
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Date of source: 
June 3, 2011
Author: 
Hānī Samīr
Reviewer: 
Diana Ghali
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Security forces succeeded in finding Jackline Ibrāhīm Fakhrī on June 2, 2011, after her mysterious disappeared on May 21, 2011. Jackline is a Coptic student who disappeared in al-'Āshir min Ramadān area [10th of Ramadan].

Her father said to the papers that he was informed by the police to come and take his daughter. He had not, however, gone to take her by the time this went to print.

 

 

 

45. NDP figures in Beheira ask to join MB's party

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45. NDP figures in Beheira ask to join MB's party
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Date of source: 
May 31, 2011
Author: 
Muhammad 'Alām
Reviewer: 
Diana Ghali
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A number of former members of the nullified parliament and Shūrá Council and members of the dissolved National Democratic Party (NDP) seek to join the Muslim Brotherhood's (MB) party "Freedom and Justice," on one condition, that they be placed on the MB's list in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

35. Al-Jamā'ah al-Islāmīyah Muftī rejects Christian becoming president

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35. Al-Jamā'ah al-Islāmīyah Muftī rejects Christian becoming president
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Date of source: 
June 2, 2011
Author: 
Subhī 'Abd al-Salām and Mahmūd al-Sharīf
Reviewer: 
Diana Ghali
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 Dr. 'Abd al-Akhar Hamād, Muftī of al-Jamā'ah al-Islāmīyah, said that the group completely refuses the option of a Christian becoming president.

30. Fitnah tā'ifīyah outcome of injustice, absence of social justice..Muslim, Copt are victims of corruption

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30. Fitnah tā'ifīyah outcome of injustice, absence of social justice..Muslim, Copt are victims of corruption
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Date of source: 
May 31, 2011
Author: 
Muhammad Hāfiz and Ahmad Jamāl al-Dīn
Reviewer: 
Diana Ghali
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Hamdīn Sabāhī, potential presidential candidate, said that he will keep the second article in the constitution without cancelation or amendment, for two main reasons: one of them is that it is the country's identity, Islamic culture is what he was raised by. The second reason is that a constitution is not about one article but a group of articles formed together, this constitution have to provide the right of Copts to draft their own personal status law.

29. Church demands Cabinet to present it with worship houses law, refuses financial supervision

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29. Church demands Cabinet to present it with worship houses law, refuses financial supervision
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Date of source: 
May 31, 2011
Author: 
Rajab Ramadān and 'Imād Khalīl
Reviewer: 
Diana Ghali
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The Coptic Orthodox Church had demanded from the Cabinet to present it with the Unified Law for Building Houses of Worship.

A church source assured that the cathedral refuses the idea of financial supervision of the church, because the church does not get donations from the State but from individual Copts.

The source also demanded the issuance of the personal status law for non-Muslims, specially that it is ready and agreed upon by the three Coptic denominations.

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25. Human rights center urges retrial of 'Ayn Shams church defendants

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25. Human rights center urges retrial of 'Ayn Shams church defendants
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Date of source: 
May 29, 2011
Author: 
Hānī Samīr
Reviewer: 
‘Amr al-Misrī
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The Egyptian center for human rights called for retrying the defendants involved in the 'Ayn Shams church incidents before civil courts after military courts sentenced three Copts to imprisonment terms.

Considering the tough circumstances the country is going through, defendants need to stand before civil courts so that their rights are preserved, according to the center in a statement on Saturday, May 28, 2011.

24. Female Muslim preacher calls for Azharite center to spread moderation

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24. Female Muslim preacher calls for Azharite center to spread moderation
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Date of source: 
May 29, 2011
Author: 
Wā'il Fāyīz
Reviewer: 
‘Amr al-Misrī
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Hudá al-Kāshif, a female Muslim preacher, called in a study for activating the Azhar's role to strengthen citizenship and confront sectarian troubles that "only aim to devastate the nation and sow division among the people."

Kāshif, who is also a member of the Scientific Academy for Qur'ān and Sunnah Research, appealed to Grand Shaykh of the Azhar Dr. Ahmad al-Tayīb to set up Azharite centers in and outside Egypt so as to spread moderation, tolerance and peaceful coexistence.

She termed recent developments in Egypt as "intellectual terrorism based on ill ideologies that have nothing to do with Islam or Christianity."

21. Salafists: We won't give up applying hadds, refuse secularists' democracy

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21. Salafists: We won't give up applying hadds, refuse secularists' democracy
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Date of source: 
May 30, 2011
Author: 
Mahmūd Sharīf
Reviewer: 
Diana Ghali
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 'Abd al-Mun'im Shahāt, spokesperson of salafī-hardline, said that salafists refuse non-religious-democracy, pointing out that they will not give up applying hadds, as it is mentioned in Sunnah

66. State Security prosecution launches investigation into Imbābah culprits

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66. State Security prosecution launches investigation into Imbābah culprits
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Date of source: 
May 27, 2011
Author: 
Subhī 'Abd al-Salām and Nadá Hamdī
Reviewer: 
Diana Ghali
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The military court issued a decision to freeze imprisoning 'Abīr Fakhrī, Imbābah sedition-monger. They will reconsider her sentence on June 9, 2011.

The State Security prosecution is investigating the incidents in Imbābah. On a different note, the State Security prosecution is considering the clashes which erupted in November 2010  between State Security men and Copts in al-'Umrānīyah district.

The military prosecution decided to release 20 of the culprits in Imbābah and renew the imprisonment of 7.

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