Reg. No. 1084047
Editorial supervisor, Dr. Helmy Guirguis
 
Dr. Helmy Guirguis 71, the president of the UK Copts, passed away on the 31 of January, 2015 after a struggle with illness. UK Copts mourns its founder and leader. He is a leader that touched so many by his life and has been fighting for the coptic case till his last breath. The commemoration mass for his 40th day will be held on Sunday 15th of March, 2014 starting 8 AM in Saint Mary and Saint Mark Coptic Orthodox Centre of Birmingham (Lapworth) .For commiserations, please send us an email to info@copts.co.uk

Disappearing Christians of the Middle East

By Imad Boles
The Middle East Quarterly
Winter 2001

A‘tini hurriyati
Itla ‘yaddaya
Innani a‘taytu ma abqaytu shay'an
(Give me my freedom/Let go of my hand/I have given and nothing remains)
Umm Kalthum, the famed Egyptian singer, in Al-Atlal

Egypt's Copts are an endangered minority. Exposed to continuous and subtle pressures, their numbers are dwindling. Thousands have emigrated; no official figures are available as to their numbers in the diaspora today, but reliable sources count two million living in the United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, and other countries of Europe.1 Thousands of those who are left behind convert to Islam every year to escape persecution; for example, between 1988 and 1990, 50,000 Coptic university graduates did so.2 Those who stay faithful to their religion in Egypt find themselves increasingly marginalized and alienated in their own country.

Persecuting Egypt's Christians

EDITORIAL
The Washington Times
November 4, 1998   

Dangerous intermediary has been added to the already challenging peace process in the Middle East: President Mubarak of Egypt. President Clinton sees him as a key player in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

Religious Intolerance


It is the tragedy of a man alone. Of Moslem origin, he is threatened by death in Egypt for having converted to Christianity. Neither the international community nor the Egyptian authorities, political or ecclesiastic, give him any support.

British openings

Townhall.com

 

Western Europe has a Muslim problem, and it is particularly acute in Great Britain, which is more intimately linked to constitutional traditions and procedures.

Why does Egypt choose to stoop so low?

Daily Star staff
August 25, 2007
 
There is a special sadness to the diminution of giants, to great men and countries that choose to stoop low. Egypt, in this respect, mystifies us once again, as its ruling regime resorts to repression and harassment of those who would challenge it politically and demand more democratic governance.

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U.S. International Religious Freedom Report for 2013 – Egypt

Respect for religious freedom remained poor during the year under both former President Mohamed Morsy’s administration and the current interim government. On July 3, Mohamed Morsy was removed and Adly Mansour was named interim president.

FCO Annual Human Rights and Democracy Report 2013

Foreign Secretary William Hague launched the 2013 Foreign & Commonwealth Office Report on Human Rights and Democracy. The report is a comprehensive assessment of the global human rights situation in 2013. It sets out what the Government is doing through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to promote human rights and democratic values around the world in three principal ways.

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