Religious Freedom Report Highlights Discrimination in Egypt’s Judiciary

Released on July 28, the US State Department’s 2013 International Religious Freedom Report documents the status of religious minorities and religious freedom in Egypt over the course of the year, whether under former president Mohamed Morsi, or under the interim government after his removal.

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All 45 Christian Institutions in Mosul Destroyed or Occupied By ISIS

Mar Behnam (St. Behnam) Syriac Catholic monastery in the Ancient Assyrian town of Nimrod is now occupied by ISIS.(AINA) -- Since taking over Mosul on June 10, ISIS has destroyed, occupied, converted to mosques, converted to ISIS headquarters or shuttered all 45 Christian institutions in Mosul.

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Last Christian Left Mosul After 2,000 Years

SamerKamilYacub was alone when four Islamist militants carrying AK-47s arrived at his front door and ordered him to leave the city, Qaraqosh.

The 70-year-old Christian had failed to comply with a decree issued by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). Yacub's hometown of Mosul had boasted a Christian community for almost 2,000 years. But then the al Qaeda-inspired fighters who overran the city last month gave Christians an ultimatum. They could stay and pay a tax or convert to Islam -- or be killed.           




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Congressman Wolf Slams Obama for Ignoring Christian Genocide in Iraq

Virginia Republican congressman Frank Wolf accused the Obama administration of ignoring the genocide of Iraqi Christians Thursday, saying that "Christianity as we know it in Iraq is being wiped out."

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Egypt NGOs: Ministry’s Registration Deadline is a “Declaration of War”

Twenty-three Egyptian human rights organizations submitted a memo to Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab criticizing recent steps taken by the Ministry of Social Solidarity against non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The statement condemned a new draft bill regulating civil society in Egypt, as well as a recent notification giving NGOs a 45 day deadline to register with the ministry.

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