Said Abdel Massih, head of the Egyptian Center for Development and Human Rights (ECDHR), has called on the 50-member committee tasked with amending the 2012 Egyptian constitution to allocate a quota for Copts in parliament in an effort to quell sectarian strife and provide added representation and protection for Copts.
Abdel Massih insisted that a quota system for Copts would be a means of addressing sectarian problems, adding that there had been violence incidents associated with nominations of Copts to office.
He cited a case of looting and burning of the house and law firm of Ehab Ramzi, a Coptic lawyer in Minya, in addition to an incident in early April when Copt Alaa Samir ran for parliament. more >>
Former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi has insisted he is still the country's legitimate leader at the start of his trial on Monday, which has now been adjourned until Jan. 8, following several interruptions.
"This is a military coup whose leaders must be put on trial in accordance with the constitution," Morsi declared before the court, according to The Associated Press.
"I am the president of the republic and I am here against my will. What is happening here is providing cover for the military coup." The 14 other Muslim Brotherhood co-defendants reportedly chanted "down, down with military coup." more >>
The wounded mother of a 12-year-old girl killed at a church wedding on Oct. 20 in suburban Cairo lay in a hospital bed on Thursday (Oct. 24), lost in anguish.
Howida Refaat Azer, 30, had spent days slipping in and out of consciousness following operations on her right leg, and that afternoon her family finally gained the courage to tell her that her daughter, Mariam Nabil Fahmy Azer, had been shot dead in an attack that killed three other wedding guests. Hours later, Azer was shifting back and forth between numbness and agony as five women encircling her bed tried and failed to console her.
During a period of calm, she stared ahead, expressionless and void, then suddenly lifted her head off her pillow, looked at the ceiling and cried out the name of her daughter. more >>
Kamal Zakher, founder of the Coptic Secular Current, has said what happened in Warraq - where a Christian wedding was attacked - has revealed imbalances within the Egyptian government when it comes to their response regarding violence aimed at religious minorities.
Zakher insited that Christians are "Coptic brothers" and not just "Christian Egyptian citizens." He added that condolences were only offered to the church and not to the Egyptian people who were the real target of this criminal act.
Zakher recently penned an article in the Bawaba News portal, where he wrote that the Warraq's incident may have revealed a failure of the security information apparatus in a context that supposes the expectation of such criminal acts. Especially with the availability of recordings issued by terrorist groups confirming that the phase following the dispersal of the sit-ins in Rabaa el-Adaweya and Nahda square would witness an extended wave of terrorist crimes against Copts, as a part of a plan to exhaust the state until it falls. more >>
The Salafi Al-Nour, a hardline Islamic Party, rejected referring to the Egyptian state as "civil" in the country's new constitution, which is currently being amended.
Salah Abdel Maaboud, the 50-member party's representative, said that his party refuses to include the words "civil" and "democratic" in the first article of the new constitution.
The Nour party representatives had refused to stand up during the national anthem and at the committee's opening session claiming that saluting the flag has nothing to do with Islam, as well as being in conflict with their desire to outlaw music. more >>
The Revolutionary Socialists (RS) movement on Tuesday denounced the massacre at the Virgin Mary Church in Warraq, Giza which killed four people and left 18 injured.
"As long as the state deliberately fails to fulfill its role towards the protection of the property and the churches of Copts, sectarian violence will continue ablaze until further notice," the group said in a statement.
The movement demanded the dismissal of the entire government, which the movement accused of failing to provide security for its citizens, saying it would stand against attacks waged by reactionary forces against Copts. more >>