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Professor Hoda Awad joined the group for a presentation about the Egyptian constitution. She started by discussing the basics of democracy and constitutions. She explained to us that democracies had six elements or conditions. Firstly, there is the presence of democratic institutions and...
The political, legal and media controversy is repeatedly raised when the issue of removing the religion field from the National ID generates.  12 years ago, the issue was raised by the National Council for Human Rights, headed at the time by Dr. Buṭrus Buṭrus Ghālī. Discussions and meetings could...
It was again a customary reconciliation session, not the rule of law, that solved the sectarian attack on Christians who had performed their religious rituals last Sunday in the third floor of a church-service premise at the Kom al-Raheb [Kawm al-Rāhib] village, Qūṣiyah, Assiut or Asyut.
Pope Tawadros stated that since June 30th Egypt is implementing a road-map according to very clear steps. Some of those steps such as drafting a constitution and approving it were implemented. He added that Field Marshal Abd al- Fattah al- Sīsī has widespread popularity as he has ‘saved Egypt.’ He...
Muslim Brothehood leader Gamāl Hishmat stated that the Brotherhood is ready to “retreat a step backwards” in order to reach a political consensus. He stated that they would like to follow the path of Rāshid al- Ghanūshy, head of al- Nahdah party in Tunisia when he gave up power. Samīh ‘Id, Islamist...
Several MPs called for the discussion of the draft law to establish an independent anti-discrimination commission in the fourth session of parliament that is due to start in October this year.
The first department of the Administrative Court headed by Counsellor Muhammad Qishtah, vice president of the Council of State, has decided to postpone its session on a lawsuit made by Copt requesting a license for second marriage to 27th May. (Sāmiah Farūq, al- Wafd, March 19, p. 3). Read original...
Despite their approval by the Parliament, some laws were not properly enforced due either to the non-issuance of their executive regulations or to the unjustifiable disruption of their application by the executive authority. Foremost among these is the Church Building and Restoration Law that was...
The director of the Egyptian Center for Development Studies and Human Rights, and lawyer for the Coptic Church of Saint Mark and Pope Peter (also known as the Church of the Two Saints), Joseph Malāk, has filed a complaint to the Attorney General accusing many prominent figures, including  ‘Abd al-...
In the governorate of Dakahlia Counselor Mansūr Saqr, Head of the Criminal Court in Dakahlia, has stepped down from the trial of 19 men accused of killing a taxi driver. Residents of his village Sandūb gathered outside the court in Mansura to protest against the most severe punishment. General...
The Criminal Court in Naj’ Hammādī (Nag Hammadi) has sentenced eight men accused of killing two Copts to death, and transferred their papers to the Muftī and the General Prosecution for further legal opinion. Security services had originally received a report on 26th January 2011 of the death of Mu...
Coptic intellectuals and activists have set certain conditions to be met before they give their support to a presidential candidate, be it al-Sīsī or someone else. , Jamāl As’ad, writer and intellectual, said that the Copts need a president who can unite the Egyptians and who can solve Egypt’s...
  Al-Jamāliyyah Misdemeanor Court, headed by Counselor Talāl Radwān, sentenced the son of Egypt’s former ambassador to Sudan to five years in jail on charges of insulting the Companions of the Prophet and ‘Ā’ishah (one of the Prophet’s wives), in addition to an attempt to break into the al-Husayn...
In an interview led by the Egyptian daily newspaper al-Dustūr with the president of the Egyptian Churches Council (ECC), Father Būlus Jaras (Boulos Garas), the Coptic Catholic priest said that despite the difficulties hindering the way to a unified church in accordance with the teaching of Jesus...
Those who follow up the Coptic file in Egypt believe that the frequency of terrorist attacks against Christians and their churches in the last five years has become a headache for the government which introduced a series of tight security measures believing that these attacks came as a result of...
In a talk-show aired on the Egyptian Satellite Channel TEN, Pope Tawāḍrūs II explained that the law on church construction was issued in 2016 and has two sections, one is concerned with the construction of new churches, and the second on codifying the legal status of churches that were built in the...
MP Dr. Muḥammad Fuʾād submitted a request to the House of Representatives, suggesting a briefing to be submitted by the Cabinet on the situation of the right of worship for Egyptian citizens.
On behalf of the Egyptian Government, the Minister of Legal and Parliamentary Affairs ʿUmar Marwān (Omar Marawan) required the adding of the representative of the Egyptian Church to the permanent committee of technical, legal and administrative experts on the protection of manuscripts.
Though the majority of the village al-Bushrā in Mallawī in the Governorate of al-Minya is muslim, the inhabitants collected 50,000 EGP for the release of kidnapped 10-year-old Marcus who belongs to the village. Some hours after the ransom was paid he was freed and returned to the village, security...
The three defendants in the attack on the Virgin Mary Church in the 6th of October City have given the investigators information on the seventh colleague who participated in the attack on the church (Muhammad al- Qamāsh, al- Misrī al- Yawm, Feb. 8). Read original text in Arabic.   

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