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  Arish Copts: Egyptian refugees in Egypt

    Problems on hold    “It is so sad that we should be the targets of Islamist terrorism because of our Christian identity while security forces surround our town of al-Arish and guard it from outside but not from inside.” The words were…

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Coptic exodus from al-Arish

    The plight of the Copts in the North Sinai town of al-Arish is irking Egypt in its entirety. Arish Copts have been fleeing town since 22 February 2017 in the wake of threats and a wave of killings waged against…

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Forced displacement of Copts: No end in sight?

     It is a very sad fact that, despite all the changes in recent years, the forced displacement of Copts in Egypt continues to be a form of collective punishment inflicted on Coptic communities for real or imagined crimes.Copts are an…

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Sohag Copts: All we want is to pray

Efforts to persuade the Muslim villagers of al-Naghameesh in Dar-as-Salam, Sohag, some 450km south of Cairo, to allow the village Copts to practise their religious rites have so far failed. In line with the efforts of the local politicians to resolve…

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Before the Law for Building Churches:The Copts’ constitutional right to pray

   Problems on hold   I have repeatedly broached the topic of the Law for Building and Restoring Churches in my editorials. The most recent was last week’s; it tackled the open question of whether the new law has made matters easier or…

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“Build a church? Out of question!”

In the Minya village of Koum al-Loufi, Islamists flagrantly incite against the right of Copts to build a church                                                    For Copts, the Law for Building and Restoring Churches they had so long aspired for was passed last August. So now…

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Outcome of a crisis era

   Problems on hold   Copts excluded from the public sports field  A few weeks ago Watani opened the thorny file of “Copts and sports…or exclusion”, a file long placed on hold. The Watani reportage revealed how sports, in common with many other routine…

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Not everyone is happy with the law for building churches

   The law for building and restoring churches which was passed by the House of Representatives on 30 August is still a matter of deep controversy on the Egyptian rights front. Wataninet posted a translation of the law on [http://en.wataninet.com/politics/parliament/finally-law-for-building-churches-passed/17257/]. Even…

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When Copts reject ‘conciliating’ with their attackers

  That many Copts in Egypt are victims of attacks by fanatic Muslims is a fact beyond dispute. That in the wide majority of cases the victimised Copts are coerced into licking their wounds or ‘conciliating’ with their attackers is another…

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MARED protesting

    The rights group Egyptians Against Religious Discrimination (MARED) held a demonstration on Saturday 13 August at noon in front of the High Court in Downtown Cairo to express support with the Minya Copts who were victim of attacks by fanatic…

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