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Hosni Mubarak denies all charges against him 

Hosni Mubarak laying on a hospital bed inside a cage of mesh and iron bars in a Cairo courtroom

AP:Hosni Mubarak laying on a hospital bed inside a cage of mesh and iron bars in a Cairo courtroom

 

Ousted president Hosni Mubarak has denied all charges of corruption and complicity in killing protesters during Egypt's uprising after a court detailed the allegations against him at the opening session of his trial.

 

The ailing former president lay on a hospital bed inside a cage of mesh and iron bars in a Cairo courtroom as his historic trial began.

 
 
US plans Middle East religious rights envoy

(AFP)

WASHINGTON — The US House of Representatives has voted to establish a US envoy to protect the rights of religious minorities in the Middle East and South Asia, amid rising concern over Egypt, Iraq and Pakistan.

While a marathon debate continued Friday on how to avoid US debt default, the House voted 402 to 20 to require President Barack Obama to set up the envoy post. The Senate must follow suit, but senators from both parties have voiced support.

   
Washington Conference Examined State of Christian Minorities in Muslim Countires
  
By Mary Abdelmassih
(AINA) -- The second Annual Conference of Coptic Solidarity International, an NGO for the support of the Christian Copts in Egypt and the protection of their fundamental rights, was held in Washington, D.C. on July 8-9, under the main theme of "Will Religious and Ethnic Minorities Pay the Price of the 'Arab Spring?" The main objective of this conference was to understand the implications of the current upheaval in the middle East and to offer present and future support to the Copts, and other minorities, in this difficult period.

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Bill limiting sharia law is motivated by 'concern for Muslim women'

Lady Cox, the proposer, says aim is to prevent discrimination against Muslim women and 'jurisdiction creep' in Islamic tribunals

Bill limiting sharia law is motivated by 'concern for Muslim women'

Lady Cox, the proposer, says aim is to prevent discrimination against Muslim women and 'jurisdiction creep' in Islamic tribunals

Muslim community in Whitechapel

 

 

 

Whitechapel High Street in east London. The area is predominantly Muslim; just over half the population is of Bangladeshi descent. Photograph: Mike Kemp/Corbis

 

 

Islamic courts would be forced to acknowledge the primacy of English law under a bill being introduced in the House of Lords.

The bill, proposed by Lady Cox and backed by women's rights groups and the National Secular Society, was drawn up because of "deep concerns" that Muslim women are suffering discrimination within closed sharia law councils.

British tourist fined for insulting Islam in shop

 

DUBAI // A 40-year-old tourist who insulted Islam and called the Prophet Mohammed a terrorist was fined Dh3,000 yesterday.

AG, a Briton, was charged on May 18 in the Dubai Court of Misdemeanours.

In his court appearance last month he was sent away after appearing in shorts. He was ordered to be suitably dressed before being allowed to enter a plea and deny the charges.

European Court to rule on Christian discrimination cases

In a significant legal development, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has requested that the British Government state whether they believe that the rights of Christians have been infringed in recent cases where individuals have been penalised for expressing their faith in the workplace.

 

Shocking Figures Reveal 105,000 Christians Martyred Each Year

 By Daniel Blake
Christian Post Correspondent

An international interfaith conference has revealed that 105,000 Christians are being killed every year simply because of their faith.

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This file photo shows a sign pointing towards a church burned down by riots in northern Nigeria.

The shocking figures revealed at the “International Conference on Inter-religious dialogue between Christians, Jews and Muslims,” held in Hungary, show that a Christian is killed every five minutes somewhere in the world because of their faith.

 New Bill to stop Sharia law operating in the UK

On 7 June 2011 Baroness Cox introduced a new Bill in the House of Lords intended to outlaw the use of Sharia law where it conflicts with English law. In proposing the new Bill she said:

“Equality under the law is a core value of British justice. My Bill seeks to preserve that standard. My Bill seeks to stop parallel legal, or ‘quasi-legal’, systems taking root in our nation. Cases of criminal law and family law are matters reserved for our English courts alone.

“Equality under the law is a core value of British justice. My Bill seeks to preserve that standard. My Bill seeks to stop parallel legal, or ‘quasi-legal’, systems taking root in our nation. Cases of criminal law and family law are matters reserved for our English courts alone.

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ICC Petitions Egyptian Govt. on Coptic Christians

The International Christian Concern (ICC) (www.persecution.org) a Washington D.C based Christian advocacy organization is petitioning the interim government to take immediate steps to ensure the safety of Coptic Christians, and to repeal current laws that stifle religious freedom for all Egyptians.

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Ban concerned by Egypt religious violence

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said that he was disturbed by clashes between Christian Copts and Muslims in Egypt, days after fresh violence in Cairo that left 12 people dead.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said that he was disturbed by clashes between Christian Copts and Muslims in Egypt, days after fresh violence in Cairo that left 12 people dead.

AFP - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday that he was disturbed by clashes between Christian Copts and Muslims in Egypt, days after fresh violence in Cairo left 12 people dead.

Egyptian Coptic Youth Protect Cathedral During Pope's Sermon
   
(AINA) -- Egyptian police and armed forces were heavily deployed around St, Mark's Cathedral in Cairo yesterday as Coptic Pope Shenouda III delivered his weekly sermon to nearly 10,000 church members. The sermon was also attended by the media and Muslim journalists to show their opposition to the Salafis and the actions against the church. A large number of veiled Muslim women were also in attendance.

Religious freedom report criticizes Egypt and Obama

WASHINGTON — Egypt has been added to a list of the world's most severe violators of religious rights. The list was released today in the 12th Annual Report of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)/, an independent and bipartisan group that advises the State Department on religious liberty worldwide.

The 380-page report also criticized the Obama administration for not taking action on previous recommendations to add offending countries to its list of "Countries of Particular Concern" or CPCs.

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President Barack Obama gestures while speaking to reporters about the controversy over his birth certificate and true nationality, Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at the White House in Washington.

According to the commission, CPCs are governments that engage in or tolerate severe violations of religious freedom that are "systematic, ongoing, and egregious including acts such as torture, prolonged detention without charges, disappearances, or other flagrant denials of rights."

"CPCs are nations whose conduct marks them as the world's worst religious freedom violators and human rights abusers," said Leonard Leo, USCIRF chair, in an email. "In the case of Egypt, instances of severe religious freedom violations engaged in or tolerated by the government have increased dramatically since the release of last year's report, with violence, including murder, escalating against Coptic Christians and other religious minorities. Since President Mubarak's resignation from office in February, such violence continues unabated without the government's bringing the perpetrators to justice."

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Coptic Christians in Egypt Rally for Secular Constitution, Civil Rights

(AINA) -- Nearly 100,000 Christian Copts staged a rally today in Egypt. The rally began with a 5 mile march from the Coptic Shubra district to Tahrir Square. Many Muslims joined the march, as well prominent Coptic activists and heads of Coptic human rights organizations.

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Egyptian military warns troops not to join Friday protest

By Ivan Watson and Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, CNN

 
An Egyptian demonstrator shouts slogans during protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square on April 1.
An Egyptian demonstrator shouts slogans during protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square on April 1.
  • Egyptian military apparently issues warning in response to internet videos
  • A video was posted by a man who says he was an air force officer
  • He calls on fellow soldiers and officers to join a demonstration on Friday
  • Cairo, Egypt (CNN) -- Egypt's ruling military council issued a stern warning Thursday, threatening immediate prosecution before a military tribunal for any troops seen participating in a planned protest in Cairo on Friday.

     

    Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi

    Commander-in-Chief and Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces the Arab Republic of Egypt

    The Ministry of Defense

    Cairo
    Egypt

    Via Facsimile

    Dear Field Marshal Tantawi:

     

    Anger over court’s decision to acquit suspects in Coptic killing case

    by Brian Hutt:

    Anger over court’s decision to acquit suspects in Coptic killing case
    Egyptian Coptic Christians light candles during morning mass inside the Saints Church in Alexandria, Egypt, Sunday, January 2, 2011. The church suffered a deadly bomb attack on New Year's Day AP
    Six Christians were killed in January 2010 as they left their church in Nag Hammadi after celebrating Christmas Eve mass. The church’s Muslim security guard was also killed in the attack.

         

    الجمعية الوطنية للتغيير بالإسكندرية

       

    قامت الجمعية الوطنية للتغيير بالإسكندرية بربط علم مصر بين كنيسة القديسين و المسجد المقابل فى إحتفالية ضمت كل طوائف الشعب المصرى فى الإسكندرية. و ذلك رداً على الجريمة التى قام بها بلطجية الحزب الوطنى بقتل قس بصعيد مصر لضرب ما تم إنجازه بعد الثورة الشعبية المصرية. و أبلغ دليل على إن الحزب الوطنى المهزوم هو من قام بها, هى إنه و خلال الفترة من 26 يناير حتى 11 فبراير لم يكن هناك أمن فى الشارع المصرى و لم ترتكب جريمة واحدة تحت مسمى طائفية. و الدليل الآخر هو إن الفاعل لم يترك دليلاً من بصماته على الخزينة بل وجدت مادة مطهرة أزالت البصمات من على كل الأماكن بعد إرتكاب جريمته النكراء.

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    EU denounces attacks against Christians, Muslims

    * Debate began after attack on Coptic Christians

    * Statement does not take into account recent upheaval

     

    BRUSSELS, Feb 21 (Reuters) - The European Union denounced attacks against Christians and Muslims on Monday, having previously failed to agree a statement that included Christianity among persecuted religious faiths.

    The EU began a debate about religious violence after an attack on a Coptic Christian church in northern Egypt at the end of December left 23 people dead and dozens wounded.

     

    Egypt protests swell despite govt steps on reform

    * Biggest gathering yet in movement that began on January 25

    * Egyptian president issues decree forming committee to oversee constitutional changes ahead of elections later this year

    CAIRO: Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators flooded Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square and towns across Egypt on Tuesday as the nation’s embattled President Hosni Mubarak took a step towards democratic reform in another bid to appease opponents.

    In Cairo, the immense crowd hailed as a hero a charismatic cyberactivist and Google executive whose Facebook site helped kickstart the protest movement on January 25 and who has since been detained and held blindfolded for 12 days.

    From Wikileaks, Cases of adpotion involving preists in Alexandria 
    
    SIPDIS POSTS FOR FRAUD PREVENTION UNITS DEPT FOR CA/FPP, CA/EX, 
    
    CA/OCS, DS/CR/OCI ALSO FOR G/TIP, INL, DRL, PRM, NEA/RA, NEA/ELA, 
    
    NEA/PPD DS/IP/NEA  E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: CMGT CASC KOCI ASEC 
    
    PHUM SMIG KFRD CVIS EGSUBJECT:
    
     ILLEGAL ADOPTIONS IN EGYPT  REF: CAIRO 0092 AND PREVIOUS  ¶1. 
    
     (SBU) Summary: For the past 16 months, the Fraud Prevention Unit (FPU) 
    
    has been investigating cases of illegal adoptions in Egypt (see ref). Coptic priests, 
    
    nuns and doctors remain key players in the illegal adoptions. Cases of illegal adoptions 
    
    continue with the most recent announcement
    
     by Egyptian prosecutors on February 16 of the trial of an 
    
    American couple and six Egyptians in Alexandria. In 2009, an Egyptian court in Cairo 
    
    sentenced eleven individuals, including four Americans and a Coptic nun to two to 
    
    five years in prison for baby trafficking. End Summary.
    


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