By Coptic Solidarity –
Christian News Wire (Washington, DC) June 5, 2023
Coptic Solidarity will host its 11th Annual Conference The Indigenous Copts: Past Denied and Future Unknown in Washington, DC June 15-16. This leading annual policy event in Washington D.C. brings together top legislators, academics, and policy experts to share their views and recommendations to provide greater protection and equality for the Copts of Egypt. Throughout the event, Members of Congress will stop by the event to discuss the situation of Copts in Egypt.
Confirmed speakers include:
Frank Wolf – Commissioner, US Commission on International Religious Freedom
Mariah Mercer – Deputy Director, Office of International Religious Freedom State Department
Habib Afram – President of the Syriac League
Ahed Al Hendi – Founder, Syrian Youth for Justice
Hayvi Bouzo – Broadcast Journalist, Co-Founder of Yalla P and Host of the Yalla Show
Nathan J. Brown, Ph.D. -Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Ann Buwalda, J.D. – Executive Director, Jubilee Campaign USA
Robert A. Destro, J.D. – Professor of Law – Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America
Caroline Doss, J.D.- President, Coptic Solidarity
Mohamed Gohar – Founder of 25TV who hid 17 Copts in his office building during the Maspero Massacre
Amy Hawthorne – Deputy Director for Research, Project on Middle East Democracy
Mariam Ibraheem – Co-Founder & Director of Global Mobilization, Tahrir Alnisa Foundation; Former Sudanese prisoner of conscience
Raymond Ibrahim – Author, Public Speaker, and Middle East and Islam specialist
Bashar Jarrar – Political Analyst, Commentator, & Media Consultant
Jeff King – President, International Christian Concern
Sherif Mansour – Middle East Program Coordinator, Committee to Protect Journalists
Paul Marshall, Ph.D. – Senior Fellow Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom; Wilson Distinguished Professor of Religious Freedom at the Institute for Studies of Religion; Director – Religious Freedom Institute’s South and Southeast Asia Action Team
Sean Nelson, J.D. -Legal Counsel Global Religious Freedom, ADF International
Aimar Raheema – Christians Without Home
Lindsay Rodriguez – Director of Development & Advocacy, Coptic Solidarity
David Schenker – Director, Program on Arab Politics, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Gregory Stanton, Ph.D. – Founder & President, Genocide Watch
Raouf Zaki – Writer, Producer, Director at RA Vision Productions, Inc
Unamed Sudanse Coptic Witness will share first hand testimony and about recent escape to the US
The Policy Day will be hosted on Thursday, June 15, in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Room 201. The conference will continue on June 16th at the Marriott by Courtyard Pentagon South Hotel and lunch will be provided during both days of the conference.
Coptic Solidarity recently published a new report titled The Coptic Identity: Recognizing the Coptic Indigenous Peoples Status for Protection from State-Sponsored Discrimination, which was presented to the UN Special Rapporteur for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and to 8 United Nations Country Missions in New York City during the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Rights.
The report explains why Copts qualify and should be recognized as an indigenous minority and contends that Egypt’s Copts merit additional protection for their persons, and for cultural, linguistic, and historical protection beneath a variety of United Nations Charters and Agreements.
This annual conference (which comes after three years during which only virtual events were held) will serve as a continuation of this discussion, exploring a variety of relevant themes. Both days of the conference are open to the media and public, but advance registration is required. Individuals can register for one or both days of the conference.
Coptic Solidarity is an organization seeking to help minorities, particularly the Copts of Egypt. We support those in Egypt working for democracy, freedom, and the protection of the fundamental rights of all Egyptian citizens, and advocate in cooperation with the affiliated organizations in Canada and in Europe (Solidarité Copte). For more information, contact Lindsay Rodriguez at 801-512-1713 or firstname.lastname@example.org