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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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Stripping and beating Coptic woman: Case now in court

Twenty-five men have been referred to the criminal court in Minya on account of charges of burning and looting the houses of Copts in the village of al-Karm in Abu-Qurqas, Minya, some 250km south of Cairo, last May. Four of…

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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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Upper Egypt gets its first ballet school

     That a ballet school would sprout in conservative Upper Egypt was rather far fetched; that it should exist in Minya which lies 250km south of Cairo and is renowned as a hotbed of Islamic fanaticism, is stunning. Yet the young…

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Problems on hold Where does the law stand?

Last week’s editorial was published under the title “Minya Independent Islamic Republic” and dealt with the lack of law enforcement where Copts are concerned, notably in Minya some 250km south of Cairo. Copts are attacked and their attackers run free…

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Why Minya?

        The recent wave of attacks against Copts in Egypt has revealed that the majority of these attacks occurred in the province of Minya in Upper Egypt. This fact has brought to the surface a question many Egyptians are asking: Why…

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“Minya Independent Islamic Republic”

Problems on hold                     I have never been hasty in writing down my opinion; quite the contrary, I have always been used to take my time to study situations and meticulously contemplate them before forming an opinion or venturing on an assessment…

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The Copts' pain…and bitterness

In Watani International, we have an extensive archive based on, among other things, topic. The ‘Sectarian’ topic, as all others, is arranged chronologically—a fact which gives a clear indication of how intense and how frequent violence against Copts takes place.…

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