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

Another Black Friday for the Coptic Christians

Press Release
 May 22, 2007
 
Contact: Mounir Bishay, 310-641-3387, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
For photos from the scene visit:

www.flickr.com/photos/norayounis/sets/72157600211845855/show/ 

 For the past three and half decades, the Copts (Christians of Egypt) have been targeted by a wave of brutal attacks on their persons, churches, homes and businesses.  Ibn Khaldoun Research Center (headed by Human Rights advocate Saad Eddin Ibrahim) documented over one hundred and twenty major attacks on the Copts during this period.  Another study estimated that over 4000 Copts were killed or injured during this period,

not to mention the material losses, in tens of Millions of Dollars, and the state of fear and mass immigration that followed. 

 One phenomenal one can't help but observe is that much of these attacks took place after attending the Muslim Friday prayers in mosques. Most significant, also, is that the vast majority of these attacks were not committed by organized terrorist groups, but by seemingly 'ordinary' people from the neighborhood, under the influence of hate propaganda emitted through the media, the education system and mosque preaching. The Egyptian justice system has yet to adequately punish a single Muslim perpetrator. 

  The latest attack on Friday May 11, 2007 in Bamha, 15 miles south of Cairo, was a result of a rumor circulated among the Muslims that the Copts of the village were planning to convert a house, which they used (with the authorities' knowledge) for prayers, into a church. The Muslim worshippers were incited by the Imam of the mosque and a few other fanatics to rise and defend Islam against the 'Christian infidels.' A Muslim mob estimated to exceed 500, went on a rampage using fireballs, knives and hatchets that resulted in burning 27 homes and shops owned by Copts. At least 10 Copts, including several women, were injured; one of the victims is in a serious condition.

  The developments that followed were even more serious. The frightened Copts were expecting the authorities to insure their safety, security and justice; but what took place simply added insult to injury. The authorities conducted a meeting of "reconciliation" between the victim Copts and the aggressors, where an imposed settlement virtually stripped the Copts of all rights:  Under the terms of the settlement, Muslims were not bound to pay for damages nor assume any criminal responsibility; and the house which was the center of dispute would be used only for Sunday school classes and the cross may not be displayed on the building.  

 Once again, the Egyptian Government forgoes its duty to prosecute lawbreakers and guarantee the safety of its citizens. And, once again, the Copts are denied basic justice and the fundamental right to pray in peace without been harassed. Ironically, only days after the Bamha incident, Egypt became a member of the UN's Human Rights Council!

We ask all freedom-loving governments, Human Rights organizations and individuals of the world to intervene on behalf of the Coptic Christians of Egypt.  The reprehensible failure of Egypt to guarantee religious freedom, justice and accountability towards the Copts simply amounts to an invitation to continue the same against them in the future.

American Coptic Association

Christian Copts of California

International Coptic Federation

Middle East Freedom Forum

 Canadian Coptic Association

Canadian Egyptian Organization for H.R

 Coptic Center of France

Coptic Community of France

European Coptic Association

French Coptic Association

U.K. Copts

 Australian Coptic Association

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