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Bishop Marqus is Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Shubrā al-Khaymah, Cairo since 1978. On more than one occasion, Bishop Marqus has rejected Coptic activists' allegations that Copts in Egypt are persecuted by the Egyptian government or by Muslims in general. The Bishop said that foreign...
The book al-Mowarana il Awlama: al-A qbat fi Alam Motaghayer (Citizenship and Globalisation: Copts in a Changing World) by Hany Labib, published by Dar al-Shorouq in 2004 in Arabic, tackles the relationship between Copts and their homeland, in the era of globalisation. Within the context of present...
The author believes that the TV series "Awan al ward" (time for roses) encourages mixed marriages between Muslims and Christians in an attempt to promote "National unity." It is true, Bishay writes, that the Christian character admitted making a mistake by marrying a Muslim man. Still it is a...
Marriage between a Muslim man and a Christian or a Jewish woman is allowed in Islamic countries while the opposite is not allowed. The author argues that if Muslims consider Christians people of the book, a Christian man should have the right to marry a Muslim woman. However, if they are...
The bishop wrote his letter immediately after a judge decided to release 87 suspects for the murder of 21 Christians and one Muslim in the village of Al-Kosheh. The bishop gives an overview of the events that took place in el-Kosheh and concludes "If the guilty is not punished, and the criminals...
An Egyptian criminal court ordered the release without bail of 89 defendants who remain charged with offences related to the case of Al-Kosheh. One reason for the release was believed to be the fact that the month-long Muslim holy period of Ramadan is under way, along with the Coptic Christmas...
According to the report of the Human Rights Watch on Egypt, the government of President Hosni Mubarak intensified its efforts to exercise control over civil society institutions, harassing and restricting the activities of political parties, human rights and other nongovernmental organizations (...
Al-Koshh, is the village that excited the world in August 1998, and had a place in all news broadcasts - in the morning and the evening, we heard its news! Al-Koshh - the famous Upper Egypt village - how did it live Ramadan this year? Especially since 75% of its inhabitants are Copts and 25%...
Youssef Sidhom continuing to defend himself against criticism of his accepting a prize from Freedom House in Washington D.C. in the USA, outlines his conversation with Mrs. Nina Shea, manager of Freedom House in Washington D.C., at a luncheon after the presentation of prizes by Freedom House to...
The RNSAW interviewed Hafez Abu Seada upon the request of the American Council of Churches about the article in the Boston Globe and found that the Boston Globe and Hafez Abu Seada have talked at cross-purposes. Where Hafez Abu Seada spoke about human rights violations concerning all Egyptians,...
Sub-titles: Congressmen sponsored the celebration and members of the Freedom House do not have anything else but the Koshh incident. Some attendants claimed that there is a campaign to get rid of Coptic priests. Any incident was considered part of criminal plans At the time when the Freedom House...
Sohag Court of Felonies decided to postpone to January 2nd the hearing of the case of the murder of two young Copts in the village of Al-Koshh, Dar El-Salaam after another attorney resigned due to his illness. The accused remained in custody. The incidents the case relates to took place on August...
The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights apologized over receiving an award given to its secretary general from "The Freedom House" based in Washington. Hafez Abu-Seda, the secretary general stated that the award was given to him because of the famous Koshh report.
A new article about the Koshh issue. The article places the Koshh incident in the context of discrimination or even persecution of Christians in Egypt and quotes for this Hafez Abu Seada, the secretary-general of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights.
For the second time, the case of alleged human rights abuses in Al Kosheh village has been closed without any prosecutions. On 25 October, the prosecutor of Sohag governorate in Upper Egypt said that there was no evidence to prove that the injuries suffered by hundreds of villagers were the result...
This Freedom from Religious Persecution Act gives America the right to interfere in diplomatic ways to the concerned governments and if a government does not respond, it is the right of the U.S. administration to impose any sanctions that it (the U.S.) sees fit. The author stresses that several...
The Annual Report on International Religious Freedom, which criticizes several Middle Eastern countries including Egypt, is the result of the Religious Freedom Act sponsored by right-wing members of the US Congress in 1998 in what some observers say was a capitulation to fundamentalist Christians...
The United States released its first annual report on religious freedom worldwide on Thursday (September 9, 1999)... Regarding Egypt, the report admitted that the non-Muslim Christian minority generally practice[s its] rituals without any interference, but it claimed that there [is] some societal...
The United States produced the first annual report about religious freedom in the world. The report claimed that there is some discrimination in society and government against the Copts in Egypt.
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