Several Coptic Christian leaders and priests recently discussed the closures of their churches. For example, Fr. Stephen Shehata, undersecretary of the diocese of Samalout, Minya, explained how three of the diocese’s churches were shut down because they did not have the required licenses.
Coptic Christian housewife Samira A., 25, disappeared from the village of Edmu in Minya, Upper Egypt.
As the Syrian civil war enters its fifth year and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or Daesh) continues to commit atrocities across the region, impunity is rampant in Iraq and Syria. According to official sources, there have been at least 250,000 casualties in Syria since 2011, an unknown but not insignificant number of which are likely civilian. Many atrocities have been reported, including murder, torture, persecution, enslavement of children and women, rape and sexual abuses, and other inhumane acts.
The Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms called for dropping the charges of contempt of Islam against four children in case No. 350 of 2015, Bani Mazar Misdemeanor court. The four children are: Molar Atef Edward, Bassem Amgad Hanna, Alber Ashraf Hanna and Clinton Magdy Youssef.
In a statement issued Wednesday, the Commission stressed that this is not the first case, as children were accused of contempt of Islam in Egypt in October 2012 at Marko manor, Al-Fashn, Bani Suef. It went on, “Two Christian children, Nabil Nady Risk, 9 years old, and Mina Nady Farag, 10 years old, were detained for three days after they were accused of contempt of Islam, as a villager alleged that they ripped up Quran. These are very dangerous cases in which social pressures play the main role. Some articles of law are used as swords hanging over the heads of intellectuals, writers, citizens and even children who belong to religious minorities.”
(By Reuters): An Italian student found dead by a roadside in Cairo with cigarette burns and other signs of torture on his body had written articles critical of the Egyptian government, according to the Italian newspaper that published them.
Editor’s note: More evidence of the Muslim Brotherhood’s illegal activities during elections continue to emerge—including tricking voters into not voting for other candidates by pretending they had died. Such trickery will turn into ferocity once and if elections are no longer necessary and the MB assume power.
Dr. Refaat al-Saeed, leader of the Tagama’ Party [the socialist ‘Rally’ party], said that both the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis violated the law during elections by using religious slogans, although the Elections Committee did not bother to reprimand or punish any of them. They utilized mosques and used unprecedented, underhanded, and devious propaganda in their elections campaign. They also deceitfully portrayed the [Coptic] Church as backing the Egyptian Bloc to turn people against the Bloc.
He added: “We need to be careful, as the Muslim Brotherhood will be become much more savage after elections.”
During a phone call with Life Today talk show, Dr. Saeed added: “A niqab-wearing woman affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood had fifteen IDs collected from other women in her neighborhood and used them to vote 15 times. The Brotherhood even claimed that a particular candidate had died—and went so far as to pray al-Fatiha for his soul outside the polling station—until this candidate went to the polling stations to prove to his constituents that he is still alive.”
The leader of the Tagama’ Party said that the Muslim Brotherhood played a dirty game in these elections and should be reprimanded, especially for opening the ballot boxes and fiddling with their content yesterday in the De La Salle School—and still the Elections Committee took no action against them.
Translated by CS from : http://www2.youm7.com/News.asp?NewsID=544470&SecID=65
Coptic Solidarity 2015 Conference
The Annual Conference was held in Washington, D.C. on June 11-13, 2015.