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Ambassador ʿAlāʾ Yūsuf, Egypt's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, responded Wednesday to the allegations made by the Ministers of foreign Affairs of Iceland and Canada in their statements during the 37th high-level session of the Human Rights Council.
 A hearing was held in the U.S. Congress about state of rights of minorities in Morsi’s (Mursī) era. The session was entitled, “Violation of Human Rights in Egypt”.
Egyptian Christians held a conference in the United States of America to defend their rights as minority. The meeting conferred using the same pretext and means former colonialist powers used throughout history to invade Egypt and to interfere in its domestic affairs: sectarianism. Sectarianism is...
According to the latest figures, the number of Egyptian Nubians is 2-4 million, forming thus the largest minority group. Another group is that of the Amazigh (Berbers): the indigenous North Africans in Egypt. 'Minorities' is a term referring to categories of people differentiated from the social...
In an interview given to Al-Barlamāni newspaper, `Ali Ayman Abu Al-`Ella, member of the Health Committee at the House of Representatives, commented on the statement disclosed by The Coptic Solidarity (CS) Organization's 7th Conference held in Washington, under the title The Future of Egypt’s...
Background: The interview with Mukhtār Nūh, a lawyer and a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood, revolves around questions related to religious freedom in Egypt including possible application of Islamic Sharīʿa, the rights of Christian minorities, and the possible response to conversion from...
Jamāl al-Bannā was born in 1920 in al-Mahmūdiyyah in al-Bihīrah governorate, Egypt. His elder brother was al-Imām Hasan al-Bannā, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood. Despite being the brother of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Bannā pursued quite different interests. al-Bannā...
During a press conference, President Sīsī refused to characterize Copts as a minority saying, “Egypt doesn’t have Christian minorities.” He went on to claim that the expression “minorities” is not used in Egypt because Christians are Egyptians who enjoy the same rights and the same duties as other...
John R. Bradley, a British author and journalist best known for his 2008 book Inside Egypt: the Land of the Pharaohs on the Brink of a Revolution, identifies the Egyptian revolution of 1952 as “a failed revolution” that ended Egypt’s belle époque of the 1930s and 1940s’ cultural heyday. The author...
On Wednesday, May 11, 2011 [Coptic tycoon Najīb] Sawiris asked the Azhar Grand Shaykh Ahmad al-Tayīb in the name of Egyptian Copts to protect the country’s Coptic minority. He further called for the establishment of a civil committee, handling issues of inter-religious conversions and for a law...
Ahmad Abū Zayd disagrees with Yahyá al-Jamal's statements on the possibility to remove the two Arabic letters [Alif] and [Lām] [equivalent to 'The' in English] from the second article in the constitution which states that the Islamic sharī'ah is the principal source of legislation.
Du‘ā’ talks about the mixed reactions amongst the ecclesial society regarding the annual report issued by the United States Department of State. The report heavily criticized religious freedom in Egypt because of the government’s alleged discrimination against Christians and Bahā’īs. The report was...
This issue presents a number of interesting articles on cases of sedition on Egypt, further commentary on the speech of President Obama, and the recent ongoings in the Coptic Orthodox Church.
The article looks at different Arab Christian communities in the Middle East and analyses how radical Islam has affected the Arab Christian minorities in the Arab world.
Before I temporarily quit discussing die question of the exclusion of Copts from leading posts, I would like to quote a profound letter written by Mr. Nabil Adly—a colleague at Watani. He writes: ‘The exclusion of Copts from leading posts is an issue which concerns all of us. However, other...
The author considers the rights of minorities and if the rights afforded to them hold up to the standards of Sharī‘ah and the Qur’ān.
The minorities’ conference was held in Zurich, Switzerland from March 24 to 26, 2007. The conference, attended by representatives of about ten minorities groups in the Middle East, came out with a final declaration of the foundation of an organization for defending women and minorities in the...
On June 17, 1981 violence erupted between Muslims and Christians in the Cairo working class district of al-Zawīya al-Hamrā? in which at least 20 people were killed and hundreds others injured, giving reason enough for late President Anwar al-Sādāt to launch the notorious September 1981 detentions...
The visit of the US Commission on Religious Freedom to Egypt received the attention of almost all Egyptian press outlets. Many articles highlighted the difference between Egyptian and American approaches to the subject of religious freedom. Most of the authors who wrote on this subject reject the...
Magdy Khalil, a Coptic writer in the US, wrote a series of three articles in Watani newspaper under a general title "A Returnee from Cairo." In this series, he comments on the conditions of Copts in Egypt. al-Arabi, mouthpiece of the Nasserist Party, and Islamic independent Aqidati highly...

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