Thirty-five female Coptic Christian employees in Upper Egypt have asked for protection against sexual harassment, saying they have been verbally and physically abused. The women work in the financial department of the Nag Hammadi Education Administration in Qena.
A criminal court in Egypt has sentenced a family of eight in Beni-Suef to 15 years in prison for converting to Christianity and changing their place of residence. The court also sentenced seven employees in the local authority of Beni-Suef's city of Beba to five years in prison.
Any future transitional government in Syria should make the protection of minority groups its top priority, said Amnesty International this week.
The Egyptian Center for Development Studies and Human Rights (ECDSHR) in Alexandria, headed by lawyer Joseph Malak, called on Sunday for legal means to be developed in the new election laws to ensure the participation of Coptic Christians in the electoral process on party lists.
Writing in the monthly conservative Townhall Magazine, Michael Youssef has asked why President Obama, a self-proclaimed Christian, has failed to defend the cause of the harassed and persecuted Christians around the world.
Coptic Patriarch H.H. Pope Tawadros II has highlighted how discrimination in Egypt against Coptic Christians has hurt them significantly.
In some of the most dangerous and restrictive countries in the world, Christians suffer interrogation, arrest and even death, for their faith.