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Religious Freedom commission adds Egypt to watch list
· April 29, 2011 10:00 AM
The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has added Egypt to its watch list of countries of particular concern (CPC) in its latest annual report.
It’s the first time Egypt has made the list and joins 13 other countries, including Iran, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia. Chair of USCIRF Leonard Leo said in a
that severe religious freedom violations have increased dramatically in Egypt since last year’s report.
“Since President Mubarak’s resignation from office in February, such violence continues unabated without the government’s bringing the perpetrators to justice. Consequently, USCIRF recommends CPC designation for Egypt,” he said.
The ACL has been concerned about the persecution of Christians and other minorities in Egypt for some time and has made representations to the Australian government on behalf of the Coptic community about the issue.
In an interview with Bishop Suriel, the Bishop of Melbourne on the
March 15, 2011 edition of the Political Spot
he said the situation was still hostile since the military took over control of the country (see youtube video above right that was uploaded on Bishop Suriel's blog)
“I’m calling upon the Australian people to support the Human Rights of the Christians in Egypt; to be aware of what is happening and the persecution and the suffering of our people, who are a very important group in the Middle East; the largest Christian group in the Middle East of twelve million people that are suffering and being persecuted because of their faith,” he said.
“The whole international community needs to cry out about this so that pressure can be put on the Egyptian authorities to give the full Human Rights to the Christians in Egypt,” he said.
To read a media article about the inclusion of Egypt on USCIRF’s list of countries of particular concern, please click
Women and Christians would be losers from an Islamist Government in Cairo
· February 02, 2011 11:00 AM
For Release: 2nd February 2011
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) is calling on the Australian Government to step up diplomatic efforts to ensure that any transfer of power in Egypt secures the safety and rights of minorities.
Managing Director Jim Wallace said the ACL has been concerned at the loss of human rights in Egypt over the last 30 years culminating in recent bombings of Coptic Christians in Alexandria.
“Any new government should be one that protects the freedoms of all Egyptians – including the Copts and other Christians who have been under attack by Islamic terrorists.
“Islamic Governments in the Middle East, including the Government in Iraq, have a poor track record of protecting Christian minorities.
“An Islamist Government in Cairo would be a set-back for the human rights of women and Christians in the Middle East.”
Mr Wallace said ACL shares the concerns of Bishop Suriel from the Coptic Orthodox Church in Melbourne, about the potential of an extremist group taking government in the country.
“We are concerned about the Muslim Brotherhood’s intentions in positioning themselves to take over government,” he said.
“The Australian Government needs to be very active in international efforts to ensure any new Government in Egypt will be tolerant of religious minorities, including Christians,” Mr Wallace said.
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