Session: International Legal Definitions of Persecution at Coptic Solidarity’s 9th Annual Policy Day

Session: International Legal Definitions of Persecution  Hosted during Coptic Solidarity’s 9th Annual Policy Day on June 21, 2018 in the Capitol Hill Visitor Center. Moderator: Dr. George Gurguis, MD – President, Coptic Solidarity Speaker: Lord David Alton – UK House of Lords Speaker: Dr. Robert A. Destro – Professor of Law & Director at Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, The Catholic University of America Speaker: Special Envoy Knox Thames – Special Advisor for Religious Minorities in the Near East and South/Central Asia  

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US Legislators’ Speeches at Coptic Solidarity’s 9th Annual Policy Day

Below you can watch the speeches given by US Legislators at Coptic Solidarity’s 9th Annual Policy Day in the Capitol Visitor Center on June 21, 2018. Coptic Solidarity is grateful for the continued support of this bi-partisan group of legislators on Coptic issues. Rep. French Hill (R – AR) – Annual Leadership Award Recipient Rep. Jim McGovern (D- MA) Rep. Brad Sherman (D – CA) Rep. Albio Sires (D- NJ) Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) Rep. Dave Trott (R-MI)  

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Halls of Power

By Jonathan Adly – 9th Annual Conference Guest Speaker Session: ‘Our Responsibility Towards our Family in Egypt: Engaging Young Copts in the Diaspora’   As I walked in through our Capital’s streets, a beautiful white building stuck out. The building is a modern monument similar to the old Pharaonic temples of Egypt. It serves as potent symbolism of the power of knowledge. Personally, as I stood in admiration; the library of Congress served as a reminder of what we (the Copts of the diaspora) has access to, knowledge and power. This access is unprecedented and shouldn’t be taken for granted. Other than a brief period in the early 20th century when a small aristocratic class of the Copts put a serious effort

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An Organization Helping Egyptian Christians

By Henry Srebrnik – Summerside Journal-Pioneer, July 9, 2018, p. A4 The mission of Coptic Solidarity, located in the Washington DC region, is to increase awareness of the situation of Copts in Egypt and to solicit the support of international public opinion and policy makers. The Copts are over 10 million strong and have lived in Egypt for two millennia. They are the largest Christian and largest non-Muslim community in the Middle East. Discriminatory state policies and political violence have historically marginalized Copts, particularly in many cities of Upper Egypt and in the Nile Delta area. Though they are descended from the aboriginal Pharaonic civilization, many Egyptian Muslims think of them as “foreigners.” Attempts to address this are usually met with

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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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