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Copts in Minya village resist Islamist pressure

 The Copts in the village of Koum al-Loufi in Samalout, Minya, some 250km south of Cairo, who have been suffering oppression on the part of their Muslim fellow villagers since June 2016, have rejected an initiative by the village’s Muslims,…

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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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Coptic woman attacked by Islamist mob not speaking to media

     The family of the 70-year-old Coptic woman Suad Thabet, who had been stripped naked and beaten by a Salafi mob in May 2016, announced that it will no longer talk to or appear in the media, and that its defence…

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Coptic woman stripped and beaten: Case dismissed

      Copts and liberal Egyptians were in for a disappointment on Saturday 14 January when Minya prosecution dismissed the case of the stripping and beating of the 70-year-old woman Suad Thabet from the village of al-Karm in Minya, 250km south of…

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Copts kidnapped in Assiut return home

    After a ransom of EGP150,000 was paid, the four Copts—among them a child—who were kidnapped on 3 October in Manfalout, Assiut, some 350km south of Cairo, were safely released last night 4 October.The four Copts were the brothers Emad and…

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Spartacus opens Cairo Opera Ballet’s new season

     The Cairo Opera House’s new ballet season of 2016 / 2017 opens with Aram Khachaturian’s Spartacus on the evenings of 28, 29 September and 3,4 and 5 October. Under artistic director Erminia Kamel, the Cairo Opera House’s ballet company will…

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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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Sweeping the law aside

Galassaat al-Sulh al-Urfiya wal-Aqbaat…Tansur al-Gani wa Tadhas al-Dahiyya (Traditional Reconciliation Sessions and Copts…Where the Culprit Emerges Triumphant and the Victim is Crushed); Nader Shukry; Watani Printing and Publishing Corporation; Cairo; December 2009 Man has not always lived under the law: in…

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Copt killed on identity by jihadists in North Sinai

  Watani was able to obtain the details of the killing some three weeks ago of the Copt Missak Nasrallah, 58, in the North Sinai town of al-Arish. Muhammad Ibrahim, Mr Nasrallah’s colleague, told Watani the horrendous story. The two men were…

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