Nelson Mandela, the revered South African anti-apartheid icon who spent 27 years in prison, led his country to democracy and became its first black president, died Thursday at home. He was 95.
Minya prosecution has renewed the detention of Bishoy Armiya, formerly known as Mohamed Hegazi before conversion to Christianity, for four days, said lawyer Mamdouh Nakhla.
Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II has urged Egyptians to vote in an upcoming referendum on Egypt's amended constitution, describing it as a "duty."
Egypt's National Security arrested Bishoy Armiya, formerly known as Mohamed Hegazi, as Minya’s prosecution charged him with "inciting sedition by communicating to a US-based (Coptic) channel unfounded information on Copts persecution in Egypt."
A security source told MCN, “The defendant photographed military and police institutions, a Copt who was attacked by MB members, and Nazlet Ebeid and Badraman villages, where the defendant met with several Christian citizens. Security services tracked him down and were able to arrest him.”
A preliminary reading of the new draft Constitution, with an eye to safeguarding women’s rights, shows that, as well as the favorable constitutional provisions on economic and social rights, civil and political rights and public freedoms, Egyptian women for the first time have won the right to full citizenship as stipulated in Article 6: ‘Nationality is the right of a person born to an Egyptian father or an Egyptian mother. The legal recognition of that person and the granting of official documents proving that person’s personal details are rights guaranteed and regulated by law. The law shall determine the conditions for acquiring nationality.’
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