ACM represented at DFAT NGO Forum on Human Rights 2018

Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop addressing civil society participants at the 2018 DFAT NGO Forum on Human Rights (DFAT/Linda Roche)

Discussions across the day focussed on the five priority pillars of Australia’s Human Rights Council engagement: gender equality, freedom of expression, good governance and robust democratic institutions, human rights for indigenous peoples, and strong national human rights institutions.  This is the third consecutive year we attended the annual Forum.  



The following tribute was originally published on the occasion of the first 4oth day memorial service in 2012. 

Coptic refugees in Australia living with the fear of death

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This is not the time to be sending vulnerable Coptic Christians back to Egypt.  2017 was the worst year in living memory for Egypt’s Copts.  

Egypt’s Copts living under siege as Coptic Orthodox Christmas approaches

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A video posted to our Facebook page shows one of the gunmen casually roaming the streets of Cairo’s Helwan carefully picking his prey! 

Egyptian Government fails to protect Coptic Christians despite emergency laws

Fr Simon

Fr Simon Shehata was brutally murdered with a meat cleaver in broad daylight.  We do not want
to see a another cover up and meaningless rhetoric from the Egyptian Government and it’s institutions 

Suzy Hanna disrupts the ‘National Unity’

Suzy Hanna

Suzy is a little angry following comments criticising her position on the bigger issues facing Copts in Egypt. Visit our Facebook page to view Suzy’s video for more.  

Australian Coptic Movement refutes Egyptian Minister remarks on Coptic persecution

Nabila Makram

Islamist terror is not the only threat to Egypt’s Copts. Coptic Christians have been subject to mob violence, massacres, restrictions on worship, attacks from security forces and widespread discrimination. 

Coptic Pope officially opens Melbourne’s Eporo Tower

Pope Tawadros II (left) and Bishop Suriel (1)

The Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St Mark is known to his people as the Pope of Hope. His Holiness has completed a 10 day visit to Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne as part of his first official visit to Australia.

Located at 285 La Trobe Street, Eporo Tower is a 44-storey building with sweeping curves and a shimmering glass façade creating a stunning new landmark for the city skyline. 

Combining modern facilities with traditional Coptic art, Eporo features walls adorned with Coptic mosaics, icons, woodwork and stained glass windows crafted by world-renowned artists using ancient Egyptian techniques. The media release below from the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Melbourne and affiliated regions outlines the concept behind this project. We congratulate H.G Bishop Anba Suriel, Fr Mark Attalla and the many volunteers for this great achievement.  

Suzy Hanna: The elephant in the room – Indigenous Middle Easterners & North Africans.

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 including SBS Broadcasting and Sky and presented papers at University.  

NSW Parliament passes motion on attacks of Coptic Christians

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31 May 2017 – The Hon. Greg Donnelly MLC introduced a motion into the Legislative Council of NSW Parliament on the latest attacks on Coptic Christians in Egypt (link below). The motion was carried by all MP’s.

Mr Donnelly has been a great supporter of the Coptic Community in New South Wales and has actively supported our Association since 2010. We thank the Hon. Greg Donnelly and all members of the NSW Upper House for passing this motion condemning the attacks in Egypt and supporting the Coptic Community in New South Wales.

Click on this link to view motion Notice of Motion. Minya. LC

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