WARNING: Failure to report child sex abuse can result in 2-5 years prison

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Sally Zachary’s cry for help from Florida demonstrates that conservative and insular communities like the Coptic Orthodox communities are not immune to the horrors of sexual abuse. We welcome the response thus far from many priests and various Bishops in the USA and Europe who have come out and spoken out on the issue. We  hope the church implements strict measures to ensures that these cases do not occur again and simultaneously encourage other victims to seek justice.  Below is a summary of recent changes in New South Wales following the Royal Commission into institutional child sexual abuse.  

Caretaker Bishop sends important message to the Coptic Community in Sydney

Bishop Tadros

His Eminence, Bishop Tadros is the Metropolitan Bishop for the City of Port Said in Egypt. Bishop Tadros is one of the most senior Bishops in the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church and very much well respected throughout the Coptic diaspora.

Bishop Tadros was appointed as a ‘Papal delegate’ to oversee all the affairs of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Sydney and affiliated regions
(which includes NSW, QLD and NT) following years of tensions and complaints. Bishop Tadros was appointed in January of this year following an investigation by a Papal delegation that included three other Bishops of the Holy Synod late last year. The delegation reportedly recieved a massive amount of complaints from the congregation concerning various matters.

Earlier today, Bishop Tadros distributed the following message to the Coptic Community in New South Wales. We  fully support the wise decisions made by Bishop Tadros which are clearly in the best interest of the Coptic Community throughout New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory.  

“It is in Egypt’s (Government) best interest to respect freedom of speech by immediately releasing Ramy Kamel”

Ramy Kamel

The Australian Coptic Movement Association (ACM) expresses deep concern over the ongoing detention of Ramy Kamel, a Coptic human rights activist in Egypt being falsely accused of trumped up charges including:

1- Joining a terrorist organization
2- Funding a terrorist organization
3- Harming public peace and stirring public opinion against the state
4- Negatively using social media outlets
5- Inciting and discrimination between Muslims and Christians.

Several officers arrested Kamel at his Cairo home in the early hours of November 23, 2019. State security personnel have reportedly interrogated him for many hours.

Ramy has been accused of being a member of a “terrorist” group, receiving foreign funding, and spreading false misinformation.

These absurd charges appear to be designed to silence Kamel and all Coptic rights activists.

Ramy Kamel is a simple middle aged Egyptian who is not affiliated with any political parties or opposition groups. Ramy would report on the persecution of Copts in Egypt.

We are deeply alarmed by the arrest of Coptic activist Ramy Kamel. It is in Egypt’s (Government) best interest to respect freedom of speech by immediately releasing Ramy Kamel.

Enquiries: aucopticmovement@gmail.com


The Australian Coptic Movement Association Ltd (ACM) was founded in 2010.

The ACM is a community advocacy group that fights for human rights in Egypt by exposing the persecution suffered by Copts and other minorities. We also stand for greater political and civil liberties, and call for the justice and security of Coptic Christians.

ACM activities have included organizing rallies, cultural events, lobbying the Australian government to pass motions in the Federal and NSW Houses of Parliament, conducting letter-writing campaigns, releasing media statements, publishing material (including our own book) providing support to Coptic asylum seekers, and encouraging Copts to assimilate into the wider community.

Enquiries: aucopticmovement@gmail.com

ACM Coptic Community Sri Lanka appeal closes Friday 7 June 2019.

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Thank you to those who have contributed to our appeal in response to the devasating Sri Lanka Easter Sunday bombings targeting Christians in Sri Lanka.  

Immediate Help is available for victims of Physical or Psychological abuse Call 131114

Domestic violence

We are all shocked by the recent media reports of the terrible murder of an Egyptian-Coptic mother of three in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney.  Women and vulnerable children should seek assistance if they are in danger. Please call Lifeline on 131114 for immediate assistance.

Our colleagues at the Australian Coptic Heritage and Community Services (ACHCS)  are also available to take basic enquiries regarding services available. Please contact 0479-042-733 for more information. 

ACM Coptic Community Sri Lanka Easter bombing Fundraising appeal

Sri Lanka

“And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it;..” 
1 Corinthians 12:26 

Suzy Hanna: The Truth about Egypt

Suzy Hanna

Suzy Hanna is a regular contributor. Suzy’s background, education and personal interest in Human Rights and Politics have seen her on the front lines of elevating her passions. Suzy has fronted an array of media outlets and presented papers at University.  Suzy wrote this article following the much vaunted opening (second opening) of the New Cathedral built in the New Capital city, approximately 45 km away from Cairo. Not long after, a mob number hundreds attacked the Coptic Orthodox community in Zaafarana, Southern Egypt. 

ACM Orthodox Christmas message

ACM Coptic Christmas message

The Australian Coptic Movement Association (ACM) would like to wish all Orthodox Christians  a very happy and Holy Christmas and a blessed New Year. 

ACM Protests light up Australian skies in support of Coptic Christians

Justice photo December protest 2018

30 December 2018 – The Australian Coptic Movement association organised protests in Sydney, Melbourne and Darwin. Our message was seen by millions in Sydney after Skywriters wrote our hashtag #Justice4Copts all over Sydney. 

Another bloody Christmas for Egypt’s Coptic Christians as Copts protest

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Protests are scheduled for Sydney, Melbourne and Darwin  for 30 Dec 2018. We warn members of our community and the media to disregard any suspicious ‘cancellation’ notices and contact us on 0452124121 (Sydney) or 0407965999 (Melbourne) or email aucopticmovement@gmail.com for any questions. 

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