Sixteen human rights advocacy groups have condemned jail terms issued against renowned secular activist Alaa Abdel Fattah and 24 others for taking part into protests against military trials back in 2013.
"How could I go to the Coptic Cathedral to extend my condolences when the Egyptian army hasn't avenged the attacks?" asked Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in a pre-recorded speech broadcast Sunday night.
"We are ready to see the end of Christianity in a region where Christianity began."
Former U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf is frustrated at how religious persecution is thriving in the Middle East while the West seems not to heed his or anyone else's warnings. It's one of the reasons the Republican finally left Congress last month after representing Virginia's 10th District for nearly 35 years.
Despite chilly weather, hundreds of people from across the US gathered in front of the White House on Tuesday to commemorate the 21 Coptic martyrs, slaughtered by the Islamic State terrorists.
Demonstrators carried signs lambasting the Obama Administration’s policies in the Middle East.
Hanna Asaad, a network engineer in Fairfax, Va., grew up in the village of Aloor in southern Egypt. He was able to immigrate to the United States several years ago, but his best friend and cousin, Samuel Alham, sought work as a laborer in nearby Libya, like many other Coptic Christians in the impoverished region.
Coptic Solidarity 2015 Conference
The Annual Conference was held in Washington, D.C. on June 11-13, 2015.