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

A close shave at the Cairo barber's

BBC News
24 June 2007

If there is one thing worse than an unfamiliar barber it is a blind one. But that is who greeted me at the door on my first trip to an Egyptian barbershop. 

 
 Short back and sides... an Egyptian barber gives a goat herder a shave

Egypt's Ministry of Interior denies torture reports

Cairo Times

Anti-torture group responds to Ministry of Interior’s letter

A report issued by the Egyptian Association against Torture (EAAT) on 21 June provides evidence of abuse in prisons nationwide.

Pharaohs cast a lasting spell

Times Online
June 23, 2007

Jane Dunford views Egypt’s monuments

“MORE monuments that beggar description are to be found here than anywhere else in the world.” So wrote Hero-dotus, the Greek historian, about Egypt in the 5th century BC and to this day the countless temples and tombs of Ancient Egypt leave tourists awestruck.

The unholy alliance that damns Rushdie

The Observer
Sunday June 24, 2007
 
The award of a knighthood to the novelist yet again exposes the latent bigotry in this country
 
On 23 June 2005, Sir Derek Plumbly, the British ambassador to Egypt, wrote to the Foreign Office's political director, John Sawers, about his colleagues' determination to 'engage' with the radical Islamists in the Muslim Brotherhood. Its motto is: 'Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Koran is our constitution. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.' Hassan al-Banna, its founder, was an admirer of European fascism and its most terrible ideologist, Syed Qutb, inspired the wave of Sunni terror that is sweeping the world.

MIDDLE EAST: PALESTINIAN CHRISTIANS 'IN GREAT DIFFICULTY'

22 June 2007


Archbishop Fouad Boutros Twal, Coadjutor Archbishop of Jerusalem

Venice, 22 June (AKI) - The ransacking and torching of a Christian convent and church in the Gaza Strip last week symbolise the mounting threats faced by Christians living in the Palestinian territories, part of a wider crisis that is rooted in the inability to resolve the conflict with Israel as well as Palestinian in-fighting, a top Catholic cleric based in Jerusalem has told Adnkronos International (AKI). Archbishop Fouad Boutros Twal, Coadjutor Archbishop of Jerusalem, was speaking on the sidelines of a international gathering of Catholic clerics and researchers under the auspices of the Patriarch of Venice, Cardian Angelo Scola.

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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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