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21. Churches unit to confront 41 articles in Constitution

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21. Churches unit to confront 41 articles in Constitution
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January 14, 2013
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Ahmad al-Sa'dāwī
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Diana Maher Ghali
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The three main Christian denominations in Egypt (Coptic Orthodox, Catholic, and Evangelical) will submit a new memo to the National Dialogue Committee about disputed articles in the Constitution.

[Reviewer's Note: al-Watan reported the details of the memo under the title "Churches' memo to the National Dialogue Committee calling for amending 14 articles in the Constitution and canceling political isolation law"]

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53. AWR Daily Overview, December 15, 2012: 48 Hours before referendum: Egyptian Christians join in prayers for Egypt

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53. AWR Daily Overview, December 15, 2012: 48 Hours before referendum: Egyptian Christians join in prayers for Egypt
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December 15, 2012
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Jeanne Middelstaedt-Rizkallah
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Dozens of thousands of Copts from different Christian denominations rallied in worship to al-Muqattam Monastery of St. Simon the Tanner, also called the Cave Church (Dayr Sam’ān al-Kharāz), to pray for Egypt, 48 hours before the referendum over the draft Constitution, scheduled for today, December 15. [’Imād Khalīl, al-Misrī al-Yawm, Dec. 15, p. 6] Read original text in Arabic

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66. AWR Daily Overview, December 29, 2012: Bearded man beat Christian woman in Tantā while chanting “infidel”

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66. AWR Daily Overview, December 29, 2012: Bearded man beat Christian woman in Tantā while chanting “infidel”
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December 29, 2012
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Diana Maher Ghali
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In Tantā, on December 27, 2012, an Islamist attacked a Christian woman and beat her with a stick on her back, calling her an “infidel” for not wearing a hijāb and wearing makeup. 

The victim’s name is Marsa. After Marsa finished her work in the University’s Hospital, a bearded man wearing a white jalābyīah (a long gown) and a black jacket attacked her and ran away (Rafīq Nāsif and Ahmad Fathī,  al-Watan, Dec. 29, p. 1). Read original text in Arabic 

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17. AWR Daily Overview: December 10, 2012: Back to primitive ages in women rights issues

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17. AWR Daily Overview: December 10, 2012: Back to primitive ages in women rights issues
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December 10, 2012
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Jeanne Middelstaedt-Rizkallah
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“Despite their active participation in all the events of the Revolution and their standing side by side with men, evolving currents on the political scene are working on throwing their (women) social status quo back to the ages of oppression and discrimination”, said Mirvat Tallāwī, president of the National Council for Women Rights in her opening words during the UN Conference on Women Participation in Parliamentary Elections. [Amīrah Salāh Hilāl, al-Ahrām, Dec. 10, p. 12] Read original text in Arabic

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23. AWR Daily Overview, January 2, 2013: Administrative Court consider case of dissolving Muslim Brotherhood today

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23. AWR Daily Overview, January 2, 2013: Administrative Court consider case of dissolving Muslim Brotherhood today
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January 2, 2013
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Jeanne Middelstaedt-Rizkallah
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The State Council of Administrative Court set the coming March 26 as date to rule in the complaint filed by the Arab Center for Transparency and Integrity against the General Prosecution and the Illicit Gains Authority as both have not made any progress in the investigations on illicit gains cases filed since one year while Egypt is going through the most critical time of its history, and despite the fact that Egypt had signed and approved in 2005 the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) issued in 2003. [Wafā’ Shu’ayrah and Hibah Nāfi’, Rose al-Yūsuf, Jan. 2, p.3] Read original text in Arabic

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47. AWR Daily Overview, December 30, 2012: Security plan to secure churches on Christmas

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47. AWR Daily Overview, December 30, 2012: Security plan to secure churches on Christmas
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December 30, 2012
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Diana Maher Ghali
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Cairo security apparatuses put a security plan to secure churches in the Christmas and New Year. Maj. Gen. Ahmad Jamāl al-Dīn, Minister of Interior, gave instructions to take all the necessary security measures to secure churches and institutions. [Ahmad Imām, al-Ahrām, Dec. 30, p. 2] Read original text in Arabic

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17. AWR Daily Overview, December 24, 2012: Asyut Governor denies Christians prevented from voting

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17. AWR Daily Overview, December 24, 2012: Asyut Governor denies Christians prevented from voting
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December 24, 2012
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Diana Maher Ghali
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Yahyá Kishk, Governor of Asyut, denied what came into the American daily newspaper The Washington Post about preventing Christians from voting in the yes-or-no referendum over the draft Constitution.

Read Washington Post article “Intimidation, fear keep Egypt’s Christians away from polls on disputed charter” attributed to Associated Press and published on December 19, 2012. 

(Usāmah Sidīq and Hamādah al-Sa’īd, al-Ahrām, Dec. 24, p. 4) Read original text in Arabic

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35. AWR Daily Overview, December 26, 2012: Church: Vice-president attack on Pope is “political failure”

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35. AWR Daily Overview, December 26, 2012: Church: Vice-president attack on Pope is “political failure”
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December 26, 2012
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Diana Maher Ghali
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The Coptic Orthodox Church denounced the statements of ‘Imād ‘Abd al-Ghaffūr and calls it a “political failure”.

‘Abd al-Ghaffūr, vice-president, had accused Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II of planting fanaticism in the Church and called his era “secluded”. [Rānīyā Nabīl, al-Sabāh, Dec. 26, p. 3] Read original text in Arabic

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31. AWR Daily Overview, December 19, 2012: Copts in Dayrūt under threat, why Coptic areas have approved the draft constitution in the 1st round, allocation of seats in Shūra Council to be announced

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31. AWR Daily Overview, December 19 , 2012: Copts in Dayrūt under threat, why Coptic areas have approved the draft constitution in the 1st round, allocation of seats in Shūra Council to be announced
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December 19, 2012
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Shabana Basheer
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‘Izbit al-Najārīn, an area belonging to the Masārrah village of Dayrūt, and home to 3,000 Copts, has been under threat from a gang led by a man named Jabrūt K ("J.K."). The gang has been threatening to kidnap villagers’ children if they do not pay ransom money. The situation began at the beginning of December, after the leader of ‘Izbit al-Najārīn was ordered to pay LE 30,000 under threat of having his house blown up. He believes that the village is being targeted because its residents are vulnerable Copts (Su’ād Ahmad, Al-Watan, Dec. 19, p. 11). Read original text in Arabic

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26. AWR Daily Overview, December 27, 2012: Abū Ismā’īl announces electoral alliance, will name his new party within hours

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26. AWR Daily Overview, December 27, 2012: Abū Ismā’īl announces electoral alliance, and name of his new party in hours
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December 27, 2012
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Diana Maher Ghali
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The electoral alliance announced by Hāzim Salāh Abū Ismā’īl includes al-Ansār Party, al-‘Ummah, al-Sha’b, and al-Nūr al-Jadīd. He will announce the partners of his new alliance and the name of his new political party within hours. This alliance is considered the largest Salafī alliance (Mahmūd Gharīb, al-Misrīyūn, Dec. 27, p. 1). Read original text in Arabic

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