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The U.S. State Department’s International Religious Freedoms report grilled the ruling authorities in Egypt, which, it said, caused religious freedom violations, adding Egypt, the heart of the Arab Spring, has seen hope turning into panic after human rights deteriorations under the Supreme Council...
Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians on Tuesday (March 20) attended the funeral of Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda III that started at Saint Mark Cathedral in the Cairo district of al-‘Abbāssīyah amidst unprecedented security measures to control the pope-loving masses who tried to enter the cathedral...
Egypt, the Arab world and the international community will pay last respects on Tuesday (March 20) to Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda III, who died at the age of 89 on Saturday (March 17), after a celebrated life of achievements in the service of the nation. [Ashraf Sādiq, al-Ahrām, March 19, p. 1]...
Egyptians across the country, both Muslim and Christian, are reacting with sadness to the death of Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Shenouda III, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 88 following a long battle with illness, according to state television and cathedral sources. - Ahmed al-Tayeb, the...
Constitutional expert Dr. Muhammad Nūr Farahāt reiterated rejection of the draft law on Hadd al-Hirābah (punishment for brigandage) forwarded by Salafī Member of Parliament ‘Ādil al-‘Azzāzī of al-Nūr Party, saying the law will cause discrimination among the sons of one nation. ['Abīr Mursī, al-...
Coptic leaders rejected the draft law on Hadd al-Hirābah (punishment for brigandage) forwarded by Salafī member of parliament ‘Ādil al-‘Azzāzī, criticized it as “relapse to the Medieval Ages” and affirmed that they will not allow to have it passed at the People’s Assembly. [‘Imād Khalīl, al-Misrī...
Possible presidential candidate Muhammad Salīm al-‘Awwā said if he ever became president of the republic he will apply the Islamic sharī’ah on everyone, adding he will never allow a religion in Egypt other than the three divine ones – Islam, Christianity and Judaism. [Sarhān Sinnārah, Umnīyah Karīm...
Dr. ‘Isām Dirbālah, the chairman of the al-Jamā’ah al-Islāmīyah’s shūrá council, has set six key principles he said would be governing the new constitution, including the rights of non-Muslims to have recourse to their own religious laws. [Author Not Mentioned, al-Misrī al-Yawm, March 13, p. 3]...
A state of disgruntlement was sparked among a number of Coptic Orthodox bishops who were absent from last week’s meeting at the Saint Mark Cathedral to discuss names of possible presidential hopefuls and others to represent the church in the constitutional assembly, according to a source inside the...
Dr. Sharīf Dūs, the chairman of the General Coptic Organization in Egypt (GCOE), embarked on collecting approvals from Copts nationwide to back the candidacy of Dr. 'Abd al-Mun'im Abū al-Futūh for the presidency. ['Abd al-Wahāb Sha'bān, al-Wafd, March 11, p. 16] Read original text in Arabic
The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) handed over a memo to the president of the People's Assembly about the constitution panel. CIHRS said that the members of the constituent assembly should be outside parliament in order to protect the constitution's legitimacy.
Islamist political powers rejected presidential candidates' talk about the possibility of appointing a Christian VP and considered it as irrelevant "electoral publicity stunts," adding the candidates will not be able to fulfill their pledges simply because the majority would not remain silent over...
National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) demanded that the members of the constituent assembly should be elected from outside parliament to avoid conflict of interests.
Bishop Yu'annis, Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda III's secretary, said the visit by Dr. Muhammad Badī', the Murshid (Guide) of the Muslim Brotherhood, to the pope after the weekly sermon on Wednesday (March 7) at St. Mark Cathedral was one paid by a "venerated personality we highly respect and...
Christians are partners in the nation and must enjoy their rights and do their duty toward Egypt, rejecting quotas for Christians in parliament and public positions and calling for efficiency to be the criteria regardless of religion. [‘Abd Ilāh Muhammad, al-Akhbār, March 8, p. 6] Read text in...
Differences between the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists over the constitution have taken a new turn after al-Nūr Party and the Building & Development Party called for amending Article II of the Constitution to clearly indicate that the Islamic sharī’ah is the main source of legislation while...
About 50 Coptic figures will meet Tuesday (March 6) to discuss merger into one entity and agree on names of representatives in the constituent assembly that would draft a new constitution for Egypt, Coptic sources told al-Misrī al-Yawm newspaper. [‘Imād Khalīl, al-Misrī al-Yawm, March 6, p. 6] Read...
Dr. Muhammad ‘Imād al-Dīn, member of the parliament for the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), said that since the FJP have the largest percentage of seats in the People’s Assembly and the Shurá Council are of the FJP, 50 percent. Consequently, they would settle in its favor the argument over the...
The Coptic Orthodox Church would choose Coptic men of law to participate in the constituent assembly that would write a new constitution for Egypt but would exclude the clergy, a source at the papal office said on condition of anonymity. ['Abd al-Wahāb Sha'bān, al-Wafd, March 5, p. 3] Read text in...
Dr. Nājih Ibrāhīm, a key founder of the Jamā’ah Islāmīyah in Egypt and the first chairman of its shūrá (consultative) council, offered an apology to Copts for “what has befallen them as a result of the Jamā’ah’s mistakes during the 1970s and 1980s”. [Robeir al-Fāris, Watanī, March 4, p. 5] Read...
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