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

Freedom of Conscience and Islam: Christian Converts Put to the Test

Source: AINA
June 10, 2007
 
ROME -- If you live in a predominantly Muslim country and want to convert to Christianity, chances are your faith will be put to the test. The latest example of troubles Christian converts face comes from Malaysia, where last week the country's highest civil court rejected a woman's appeal to be recognized as a Christian, the Associated Press reported May 30.

Ever been to church?

Watani Weekly
10 June, 2007

Following the recent attack on Copts in the Giza village of Bemha, the Cairo weekly Al-Dostour (The Constitution) asked its readers to answer the following question; if you are Muslim, did you ever visit a church? And if you are Christian, did you ever enter a mosque? Readers were asked to comment on their visits. The poll yielded some eye-opening answers.

Preacher seized by CIA tells of torture in Egypt

The Sunday Times
June 10, 2007

AN EGYPTIAN preacher who was seized by the CIA in daylight on a Milan street has revealed the details of 14 months of torture to which he says he was subjected after his “extraordinary rendition” to Egypt.

Insurgent group steps up its campaign against Baghdad's Christians

McClatchy Newspapers
Thu, Jun. 07, 2007

 
Madeline Shukr Yusuf, a 74-year-old Iraqi Christian, grabbed her rosary and prayer book before fleeing Baghdad four days ago. Now living with other Christian refugees in the Syrian capital of Damascus, Yusuf didn't want her face shown because her daughters still live under constant insurgent threat in their Baghdad neighborhood of Doura.

BAGHDAD, Iraq - An al-Qaida-affiliated insurgent group is giving Christians in Baghdad a stark set of options: Convert to Islam, marry your daughters to our fighters, pay an Islamic tax or leave with only the clothes on your back.

Egypt court rules against U.S. university on face veil

Reuters
June 9, 2007

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court ruled on Saturday that a U.S.-accredited university in Cairo was wrong to bar a female scholar who wears an Islamic face veil from using its facilities, court sources and a lawyer for the woman said.

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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.

75 Percent of Persecution is Against Christians: Report

The 2013 Persecuted and Forgotten? Report provides in-depth analysis of the situation Christians face in 30 countries where believers, to one degree or another, are not fully free to practice their faith. In the past two years violence and intimidation targeting Christians have increased in a number of nations.