Egypt has slipped one place in the press freedom index (http://rsf.org/index2014/en-index2014.php)
due to increasing harassment against journalists since the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi in 3 July 2013.
His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, 118th Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of Saint Mark, accompanied by a papal delegation, was received by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia at the Russian Patriarchate on 29 October 2014.
The visit, that included a formal meeting of delegations, followed by lunch, marks 26 years since the most recent visit of the last Pope of Alexandria, His Holiness, the late Pope Shenouda III.
In preparation for Egypt’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) before the UN, scheduled for November 5, the Forum of Independent Egyptian Human Rights Organizations (the Forum), comprised of 19 organizations, published a joint report on the status of human rights in Egypt over the past four years. The report was sent to the UN Human Rights Council in March, the deadline for the submission of governmental and independent reports to be discussed during the UPR. As per the council’s procedures, the reports are subjected to UN review and assessment prior to release and publication in the run-up to the UPR. Reviews are conducted to record the human rights status of member states every four years.
Egypt has again linked Hamas to the revolt in the Sinai Peninsula.
Officials said the Egyptian intelligence agency has determined that Hamas was either aiding or allowing Palestinian fighters to join the revolt in Sinai. They said Palestinians conducted a car bombing in which 33 Egyptian Army soldiers were killed on Oct. 24.
UN Human Rights Council is preparing to review Egypt’s rights record for the second time on November 5. The government has set a Nov. 10 deadline for NGOs to bring their legal status into compliance with Law 84/2002.
Coptic Solidarity 2014 Conference
The Annual Conference was held in Washington, D.C. on June 26-28, 2014.