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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 Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) issued today its report labelled “One Year of Suspending the Church Regularization Committee” in which it presented the applications churches had filed one year ago, seeking the necessary permits under Law 80/2016 on the construction of churches,...
Egyptian actress Munā Zakī launched, through her personal account on Twitter, a hashtag named “I Am Egyptian, the Cross Does Not Offend Me.” This represented Zakī’s objection to the idea of banning the placing of the Cross on churches as a part of the draft law on building churches in Egypt,...
Pope Tawādrūs‎ II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the Holy see of St. Mark, said that the situation of Christians in Egypt has improved since the June 30th Revolution, when the Egyptian people, both Christians and Muslims took the streets, and were protected by the Egyptian Armed Forces....
Dr. Elizabeth ʿAbd al-Masīḥ Shākir, member of the House of Representatives, said that there is no interference by the judicial or legislative powers, highlighting that “Parliament can not interfere in the judiciary’s work.”
Dr. ʿAlī ʿAbd al-ʿĀl, President of the Egyptian House of Representatives, confirmed that Parliament is the only party responsible for the issue of determining naval borders between Egypt and Saudi Arabia.  He added that he did not ask for the suspension of Ibrāhīm ʿĪsā’s program, during his...
The Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives will discuss the request presented by Deputy Ṭāriq al-Khūlī to the Minister of Foreign Affairs regarding the proposal of a member of the U.S. House of Representatives on a bill on the restoration of Coptic churches in Egypt.
The crisis of restoring and repairing churches in Egypt has opened widely the door to sectarian strife, prompting the Egyptian government, after the June 30 Revolution in 2013, to endorse Article 235 of the Constitution of 2014, which states that the Parliament is to issue a law for the...
Pope Tawadrōs II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark, issued the first papal decree for 2017 concerning the formation of the Committee for Regulating the Coptic Orthodox churches building issues, including their annexed service centers, under the chairmanship of Bishop Hilariōn (Ilarion...
Head of the Coptic Evangelical Church rejects the conspiracy theory some are propagating on what concern the law on church construction, commenting that the three major Churches of Egypt had introduced amendments to the draft law that was eventually submitted to the Cabinet for approval last May.
Nāder al-Serafī, founder of Coptic 38, revealed the reasons behind his resignation from Al-Nūr Party, the political arm of the Salafi Da`wa, referring to the Party's stance over the church building law adopted by the House of Representatives on August 31.
In an interview with head of the Coptic Evangelical Church and director of the Church's social services (ECOSS), Dr. Rev. Andre Zaki talked on several files concerning Christians in Egypt, most notably the church building law, as well as the personal status law, among others:
The Australian-Egyptian researcher Ashraf Helmī, urged Egypt's legislature to accelerate the discussions on the building and renovating churches law, taking into account the implementation of the rights of citizens on providing places of worship and enabling them to practice their religious rites.
The Egyptian Coordination for Citizenship, which comprises several Coptic movements as well as public figures, politicians, and civil society organizations, had presented an official memo to President Al-Sisi requesting that he not sign the law and instead send it back to parliament, in accordance...
Salafi Al-Nūr MP Ahmad Khalīl said that the female circumcision is permissible in Islam, hence should not be criminalized.
The U.S. A.-based Associated Press highlighted the approval of the Egyptian Parliament on the law of building churches, on Tuesday, despite objections of church leaders and Coptic human rights.
Dr. Ibrahīm `Abd al-Azīz Hijāzi said that the practice of religious rites is a constitutional right guaranteed for every Egyptian, in implementation of the principle of citizenship, regardless of their religion, stressing that building houses of worship should not be subject to the governors'...
MP Ghāda Wālī strongly denounced rumors about the restriction of erecting the cross on the roof of churches, describing these as “remarkably incompatible with rationale thinking.”
The draft law submitted by the three Egyptian Churches to the Parliament for approval has raised concern among human rights activists. Human rights advocate Najīb Jūbra'īl objects five amendments introduced to the law draft.
Strongly criticizing the Church Construction draft law formulation that allegedly forbids the erection of the cross on churches roofs, media presenter Al-Hūssainī cited the biblical verse “Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent; for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you...

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