(Parts from an interview with Coptic human rights defense lawyer Said Fayez)
Q) Could you tell us about the family that came today? Towards the end of the day.
A) OK. But I would like to begin with an important introduction. Cases of forced conversions to Islam began appearing in Egypt at the beginning of the nineteen seventies; ever since Islamic groups and sharia groups appeared on the scene.
Two leading Republican senators are under fire from religious groups for blocking a widely supported bill that would help combat the slaughter of Christian minorities across the Middle East, according to multiple sources familiar with the legislation.
(Press Release): Release International, which serves persecuted Christians worldwide, is urging Egypt to release Christian convert Mohammed Hegazy, who was arrested for allegedly attempting to report that Christians were at risk from violence.
Release says Mr Hegazy’s continued detention casts doubt on assurances of religious freedom in Egypt’s new constitution, and reflects the vulnerability of Christians in Egypt – especially those from a Muslim background.
Hearing held on December 10, 2013 and chaired by Rep. Chris Smith (NJ)
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