Coptic Solidarity Conference on the Systematic Persecution of Christians in Egypt

By Coptic Solidarity – WASHINGTON (PRWEB) JUNE 11, 2018 For Immediate Release Coptic Solidarity will host its 9th Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. on June 21-22, 2018. The conference theme is Egypt’s Copts: Faces of Persecution. This leading annual policy event in Washington D.C. on Coptic issues 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. The Policy Day will be hosted on Thursday, June 21, on Capitol Hill at the House Visitor Center, Room 201 with a program from 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM. A light lunch will be provided. The conference will continue on June

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Coptic Solidarity Commemorates Third Anniversary of Coptic Martyrs

For Immediate Release (Washington, DC) February 15, 2018 Three years ago, on this day, February 15, 2015 ISIS released a video titled “A Message Signed With Blood to the Nation of the Cross,” confirming the gruesome beheading of 20 Coptic Christians and 1 Ghanaian on a beach near Tripoli, Libya. Today, Coptic Solidarity honors the memory of these 21 brave martyrs who made the ultimate sacrifice for their faith, leaving an example for us all who follow. The victims were kidnapped by ISIS in two separate incidents between December 2014 and January 2015. They were paraded down a beach in orange jumpsuits, forced to kneel with an ISIS executioner standing behind each captive, and then gruesomely beheaded. Christians worldwide celebrate

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Coptic Solidarity Applauds Confirmation of Ambassador for International Religious Freedom

By Coptic Solidarity For Immediate Release (Washington, DC) January 26, 2018 Coptic Solidarity applauds the confirmation on Wednesday of Governor Sam Brownback (R-KS) as the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom (IRF). Multiple reports have demonstrated that religious freedom is declining worldwide, and persecution of Christians continues to rise. Brownback’s confirmation will be critical to furthering a coherent US policy that is guided by IRF issues. Coptic Solidarity President, Dr. George Gurguis, stated, “Coptic Solidarity applauds filling this critical position with a highly qualified candidate who has an excellent, long track-record of supporting religious freedom for individuals worldwide. We look forward to working with Ambassador Brownback and his team in the Office of IRF at the Department of State to advance

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Egypt’s Feeble Response to H. RES 673 on the Copts

By Coptic Solidarity For Immediate Release (Washington, DC) January 25, 2018 The introduction of H. RE.S 673 in the US House of Representatives initiated a large reaction with the Egyptian government, the parliament and media who have struggled to issue a coherent response. In the interim, they have ceaselessly been insulting, belittling, and personally vilifying members of the US Congress and Coptic Solidarity. An Egyptian government public relations official attempted to mislead the public by claiming that the objective of the resolution is to “punish” Egypt for its “heroic role” in opposing the announcement of moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem. Egyptian media has been reiterating the claim ever since despite ample evidence that the timing was completely unrelated. On

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Coptic Solidarity Condemns Attack on Mar Mina Church in Helwan, Egypt

For Immediate Release- Coptic Solidarity condemns the cowardly attack by armed gunmen on Mar Mina Church on December 29, in Helwan, a suburb south of Cairo, Egypt. This incident is just the latest in an increasingly dangerous environment for Egypt’s Copts. At least two gunmen attacked worshippers leaving a Friday mass, when they were unable to gain entrance to the church. They killed at least 10 individuals including two policemen. Additionally, a reported eight Copts were injured. Earlier in the day, a gunman murdered two people at an appliance shop owned by a Copt in Helwan. It is believed the gunman is the same who later attacked Mar Mina parishioners. Egyptian security forces arrived during the attack and killed one

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Coptic Solidarity Supports Congressional Resolution for Coptic Equality

WASHINGTON (PRWEB) DECEMBER 26, 2017 – Timely Resolution Introduced to Support Coptic Christians Amidst Increasing Persecution and Discrimination in Egypt On December 21, Rep. French Hill (R-AR) introduced a resolution H. RES. 673 titled Expressing concern over attacks on Coptic Christians in Egypt with original cosponsors Rep. Illeana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Rep. Dave Trott (R-MI), Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA), Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) and Rep. Carolyne Maloney (D -NY). Strong bi-partisan support of the resolution is reflective of the urgency of the situation of Egypt’s Copts who have come under increasing terrorist attacks, and suffered under increased systematic and systemic discrimination by the Egyptian government under el-Sisi’s administration. Since his election as a president, Mr. el-Sisi has pursued increasingly authoritarian measures

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