By Coptic Solidarity – Today the International Religious Freedom Roundtable sent a multi-faith letter to Chairmen Royce and Ros-Lehtinen signed by 41 organizations and individuals to ask them to urgently mark-up H. RES. 673, Expressing concern over attacks on Coptic Christians in Egypt, and bring it to a full floor vote. View Letter>> Key points from the letter, which is an initiative of Coptic Solidarity, Muslims Facing Tomorrow, and the International Religious Freedom (IRF) Roundtable: This resolution, which Rep. Ros-Lehtinen supported as an original cosponsor, now has the strong bi-partisan backing of 47 Members of Congress, many of whom are members of the MENA subcommittee. During the Foreign Affairs Hearing, Egypt: Security, Human Rights, and Reform, which Rep. Ros-Lehtinen chaired on July
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Please take just a moment to send a message to your U.S. Representative asking them to co-sponsor a new House Resolution for Coptic protection and equality! Congressman French Hill (R-AR) recently introduced a resolution, H. RES. 673 titled Expressing concern over attacks on Coptic Christians in Egypt with five other original cosponsors; 2 Republican and 3 Democrat. Strong bi-partisan support of the resolution is reflective of the urgency of the situation of Egypt’s Copts who have come under mounting violent attacks, and suffered under increased systematic and systemic discrimination by the Egyptian government under el-Sisi’s administration. We need your help to make this resolution a priority with U.S. legislators. Gaining more cosponsors will give the resolution a better chance of passing through committee and being
View video highlights from Coptic Solidarity’s 8th Annual Policy Day. This event was hosted on June 15, 2017, at the U.S. House Visitor Center. The conference theme was Egypt: Combating Terrorism Without Sacrificing Civil Rights.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On January 9, U.S. Representative Mario Diaz Balart (R-FL), introduced a bill (H.R. 377) to require the Secretary of State to submit a report to Congress on the designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization. The following day, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced an identical bill (S. 68) in the Senate titled the The Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act. The House bill was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary and already has twenty cosponsors. The Senate bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and has three original cosponsors. Senator Cruz stated, “The U.S. has officially listed individual members, branches, and charities of the Muslim Brotherhood as
Advocate with us in support of Congressional Resolutions for Minorities in the Middle East! The freedom to choose what we believe, to discuss those beliefs with others, and to worship in community with others is integral to the human experience. Yet, many individuals worldwide are denied these most basic freedoms of religion and expression. “The freedom to worship by minority religious communities worldwide has come under repeated and deadly attack, and often religious minorities are regarded as enemies of the state.” “The freedom to proselytize by minority religious communities has also come under repeated and deadly attack in recent years through so-called blasphemy laws and anti-conversion laws that are punishable by fines, imprisonment, and death.” These claims are made in Senate
We have a critical opportunity to take a stand against the Muslim Brotherhood organization (MB) and the terror this organization has unleashed on Copts and the rest of the Egyptian society and many others worldwide. Two bills have been introduced, one in the US Senate and the other in the US House of Representatives, which express the sense of Congress that: (1) the MB organization has met criteria for designation as a foreign terrorist organization, and (2) requires the Department of State to designate it as such. These bills require the State Department to report to Congress within 60 days whether the MB meets the criteria for foreign terrorist designation and, if not, which criteria have not been met. It’s
The next 17 days are critical. Here is why: A bill signed into law on December 18th required Secretary of State John Kerry to report to Congress within 90 days on whether the Islamic State has committed genocide against Yezidis, Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria. The deadline – March 17 – is little more than two weeks away. Now is the time to raise all of our voices in a targeted and meaningful fashion in order to #StopISISGenocide. This moment could not have come sooner, as February 15 was the one year anniversary of the day ISIS terrorists murdered 21 Coptic Christians on the beach in Libya. It is impossible to forget the image of these men