Coptic Solidarity Hosts Third Annual Modern Coptic Martyrs Remembrance Day on October 3

By Coptic Solidarity – For Immediate Release (Washington, DC) September 26, 2018 Coptic Solidarity encourages everyone to join on October 3, at the US Capitol Visitor Center, Room 200, from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM for the 3rd Annual Modern Coptic Martyrs Remembrance Day. This event commemorates and seeks justice for the many modern Coptic martyrs who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for their faith. The event will be hosted near the 7th Anniversary of the Maspero Massacre in which the Egyptian army murdered 27 Copts and injured 327 who were peacefully protesting the government’s closure of a church in Aswan. The government has yet to take responsibility for this brutal attack in which soldiers used live ammunition without warning

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Coptic Solidarity Asserts Token Coptic Governor Appointments Do Not Comprise Equality

For Immediate Release (Washington, DC) September 11, 2018 The appointment of two Coptic governors in Egypt has been lauded as a major improvement for Copts and women’s rights in Egypt, despite coinciding with several attacks on Copts and their properties and the arbitrary closure of more churches. In late August, president el-Sisi appointed two Coptic governors; Dr. Manal Awad Mikhail, the first ever Coptic woman governor, to Damietta province, and Dr. Gamal Gad Saad to Daqahleya province, both in the delta Nile region. Coptic Solidarity applauds these appointments, as there were so far no Copts among the 27 governors and 18 deputy governors in the entire country. The appointments represent a positive step but should be understood within the context of

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Coptic Solidarity Urges Chairmen Royce and Ros-Lehtinen to Mark-up Resolution Supporting Persecuted Copts

For Immediate Release Washington, DC (PRWEB) August 20, 2018 Coptic Solidarity has coordinated an urgent campaign, requesting that Rep. Ed Royce ( R- CA), Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Ileana Ros – Lehtinen (R – FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) urgently schedule House Resolution 673, Expressing concern over attacks on Coptic Christians in Egypt for a mark-up, so it can be voted on before this session of Congress ends. Coptic Solidarity strongly urges all interested individuals to send messages to Chairmen Royce and Ros-Lehtinen from Coptic Solidarity’s website making this request. A sample letter is provided, and once signed it will be delivered directly to the Congressional offices. Coptic Solidarity launched a grassroots campaign

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Coptic Solidarity Hosts International Conference In Support of Persecuted Coptic Christians

By Coptic Solidarity –  Coptic Solidarity’s 9th Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. on June 21-22, 2018 will focus on Egypt’s Copts: Faces of Persecution.  This leading policy event brings together top legislators, academics, and policy experts to share their views and recommendations for the Egyptian government to provide greater protection for the Copts with and to help them achieve equality in Egypt. Coptic Solidarity is proud to have a diverse group of guest speaker including Muslims, Secularists, Jewish, and Christians who are Greek Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant. Guest speakers include several US Members of Congress, Ambassador Michael Kozak – US Department of State, Ms. Kristina Arriaga – Vice-Chair USCIRF,  H.E. Ambassador László Szabó, MD – Hungarian Ambassador to US, Lord

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إضطهاد الأقباط فى الاندية الرياضية المصرية

مجدى خليل يعانى الأقباط فى مصر من تمييزا دينيا حكوميا ومجتمعيا واسعا وشاملا وممتدا ومنظما وعميقا فى كافة مناحى الحياة بما فى ذلك النشاط الرياضى وكرة القدم، وعلى مدى نصف قرن لم يشارك سوى 6 أقباط فقط فى أندية الدرجة الأولى لكرة القدم، وقد تحدث بعض من هؤلاء عن التعصب الدينى والمعانأة التى واجهوها،حتى أن أحدهم وهو اللاعب القبطى السابق أشرف يوسف ذكر لأحدى الصحف أن زملاءه كانوا يرفضون الاكل معه لأنه مسيحى(1). وفى مصر حاليا يوجد 540 لاعبا فى أندية الدرجة الأولى لكرة القدم لا يوجد بينهم إلا لاعب قبطى واحد. وقد خلت البعثة الأولمبية المصرية للبرازيل عام 2016 من وجود قبطى واحد فيها وكذلك الفريق القومى المصرى لكأس العالم بروسيا 2018 لا يوجد به قبطى واحد سواء فى

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Coptic Solidarity Urges FIFA to Investigate Discrimination Against Coptic Footballers in Egypt

By Coptic Solidarity –  For Immediate Release (Washington, DC) June 18, 2018 Yesterday, Coptic Solidarity submitted a report directly to FIFA officials as well as on their new online complaints mechanism, delineating the rampant discrimination against Coptic footballers at all levels of football within Egypt. During the past half-century, an infinitely small number of Coptic footballers – no more than 6 – have managed to join top flight soccer clubs. Coptic Solidarity first filed complaints with the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and the International Olympics Committee (IOC) in August 2016. The complaints were mailed to both entities by secured mail, yet neither entity replied to Coptic Solidarity or investigated the rampant exclusion of Coptic athletes from representing Egypt

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