Category: Conferences

Ms. Raheel Raza’s Presentation at Coptic Solidarity’s 9th Annual Conference

Ms. Raheel Raza – President, Muslims Facing Tomorrow Speech at Coptic Solidarity’s 9th Annual Conference Delivered June 22, 2018   Good afternoon and thanks to the organizers for inviting me here. I’m a Canadian woman of Pakistani Muslim heritage. I grew up in a Pakistan that was very different from what you see now. I studied in a Catholic school and College run by Irish nuns – some people say that’s where I get my chutzpah from. When I was 6 and admitted to my first school, the nuns asked me if I was Catholic or Protestant and not really knowing which was which, I said Protestant because it sounded exotic. So I attended catechism and learned the Lord’s prayer

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U.S. Representative French Hill (R-AR) Before the Coptic Solidarity 9th Annual Policy Conference

The Honorable French Hill Before the Coptic Solidarity 9th Annual Policy Conference June 21, 2018 Since we last met, I have been successful in introducing my House Resolution in support of the Copts, and garnering a diverse and bipartisan coalition of members that cosponsor it. We currently have 41 cosponsors, including 13 members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. 16 Democrats, including original cosponsors Carolyn Maloney from New York, Brad Sherman from California, and David Cicilline from Rhode Island, both members of the Foreign Affairs Committee. And, 25 Republicans, including original cosponsors Dave Trott from Michigan, who is also speaking to you today, and Middle East Subcommittee Chair Illeana Ros-Lehtinen from Florida. While I am pleased with the support from

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Christians Must Support Their Brothers and Sisters – By Clarion Project

By Clarion Project – An Interview with Coptic Solidarity President, Dr. George Gurguis The Church is in free-fall in the Middle East. The once vibrant Christian Coptic community of Egypt is in serious decline, beset by racism, discriminatory policies and terror. American Coptic Solidarity President George Gurguis explains and suggests what we can do to help. Listen to the interview here. ____________________ Photo Credit: AFP Christians Must Support Their Brothers and Sisters

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Lord David Alton’s Presentation at Coptic Solidarity’s 9th Annual Conference

By the Rt. Hon. Lord David Alton of Liverpool – The first time I attended your conference I was the guest of my friend, Dr. Helmy Guirguis – Founder of the UK Copts and, in 2015, at a Memorial Service at the Royal Society of Medicine I was privileged to give a Tribute to Helmy. I would not wish to begin today without honouring the memory of a great man and good friend. He would want me to begin my remarks about the nature of religious persecution by reminding you how quickly discrimination can morph into persecution and how uncontained persecution can morph into crimes against humanity and genocide.  Just as night follows day, when we turn a blind eye

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9th Annual Conference Opening Remarks By CS President, Dr. George Gurguis

By George Gurguis, MD – President of Coptic Solidarity Good morning. I would like to welcome you and thank you for attending Coptic Solidarity’s ninth annual conference. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our distinguished guest speakers for joining us. Their participation and your presence with us today suggests that you care about the cause of the Copts and about Egypt. We have an impressive array of speakers, and I look forward to hearing their perspective and their recommendations. The theme of this year’s conference is “Egypt’s Copts: Faces of persecution”. Copts enjoyed a relatively satisfactory level of freedom in Egypt’s modern history up until the 1952 army coup. A strong undercurrent of discrimination against the

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8th Annual Conference Video – Speeches by Members of U.S. Congress

View speeches made by U.S. legislators at 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. U.S. Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA) U.S. Representative Dave Trott (R-MI) U.S. Representative French Hill (R-AR) U.S. Representative Brad Sherman (D-CA) U.S. Senator James Lankford (R-OK) U.S. Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) U.S. Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (R-IL) U.S. Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ)

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8th Annual Conference Video -Panel: Combatting the Indigenous Culture of Violence and Impunity

Panel: Middle East Religious Minorities: Hostages of Terrorists and Regimes View video presentations 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. Moderator & Panelist: Ambassador Alberto Fernandez – Vice President, MEMRI Panelist: Dr. Sarah Yerkes – Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Panelist: Ms. Nina Shea – JD – Director of Center for Religious Freedom, Hudson Institute

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8th Annual Conference Video – Panel: Middle East Religious Minorities: Hostages of Terrorists and Regimes

Panel:  Middle East Religious Minorities: Hostages of Terrorists and Regimes View video presentations 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. Panelist: Special Envoy Knox Thames – Special Advisor for Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia, State Department Panelist: Commissioner Sandra Jolley – Commissioner for US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Panelist: Mr. Dwight Bashir – Director of Research and Policy, US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)

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