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.
The leader of the Paris terrorist attacks slipped into France with a group of 90 jihadists who then spread out “everywhere” around the city.
Abdelhamid Abaaoud “was proud of himself. That was the worst. He appeared to fear no one, a superman,” according to testimony from the woman who tipped police to the terror leader’s location.
The self-described Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has long been making a push to capitalize on the chaos in Libya.
Four months ago, Giulio Regeni, an Italian doctoral candidate at Cambridge University, arrived in Cairo to improve his Arabic and conduct research among the city’s street vendors.
Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC)
Under Threat: The Worsening Plight of Egypt’s Coptic Christians
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 334 Cannon HOB
Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing on threats to religious freedom in Egypt, including, the worsening plight of Egypt’s Coptic Christians. At a time when the world’s attention is on Egypt as it undergoes historic but tumultuous political change, it is important that the U.S. continue to shine the spotlight on the difficulties confronting religious minorities in the country. Egypt is on the cusp of a new era but the transition to a democratic society means more than just holding elections. It means that basic freedoms—such as the freedom of religion— are protected.
The Coptic Christian community, which traces its origins back 2,000 years and is the largest religious minority in Egypt today, is under assault. Churches have been bombed and citizens have been attacked while the Egyptian government seemingly encourages a culture of impunity for those responsible for these acts of violence. This hearing will address the continued discrimination and physical threats to the Coptic community and consider how the United States can better support religious freedom.
We will hear from the following witnesses: ***
Kathy Fitzpatrick, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, U.S. Department of State
Nina Shea – Director, Center for Religious Freedom, Hudson Institute
Dina Guirguis – Egyptian American democracy activist, attorney, and member, Egyptian American Rule of Law Association
Adel Guindy - President, Coptic Solidarity International
Cynthia Farahat – Egyptian political activist, writer and researcher
Raymond Ibrahim – Middle East specialist and Associate fellow, Middle East Forum
***Witness list subject to change.
Frank R. Wolf James P. McGovern Member of Congress Member of Congress
Co-Chair, TLHRC Co-Chair, TLHRC
Coptic Solidarity 2015 Conference
The Annual Conference was held in Washington, D.C. on June 11-13, 2015.