Statement on 3rd Year Anniversary of Maspero Massacre of Coptic Protestors

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The Australian Coptic Movement Association urges President Sisi to request a fresh investigation to identify those responsible for this brutal crackdown on Coptic Christian civil rights protesters who were demanding nothing more than justice and freedom. We encourage you to become members of The Australian Coptic Movement Association and make a difference. We seek to expand our presence in all states and territories across Australia.  Contact us by email  info@auscma.com or call 0418 331 213 for membership forms. 

In his address to the United Nations General Assembly in September, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi stated that he intended to build a ‘New Egypt’. This nation would respect the rights and freedoms of its citizens, honour its duties, and ensure the co-existence of its citizens without exclusion or discrimination. It would be a nation that respects and enforces the rule of law, guarantees freedom of opinion, and ensures freedom of belief and worship.

This admirable vision is precisely what the Australian Coptic Movement Association (ACM) advocates for and ACM commends the President for expressing this new blueprint for Egypt. The Australian Coptic Movement Association urges the Egyptian government to demonstrate its commitment to fulfilling this vision by dispensing justice for the victims of what has been now dubbed as the ‘Maspero massacre’.

Today is the third anniversary of the infamous incident that sent shockwaves throughout the Coptic community and attracted the attention of the international community. Coptic protestors were peacefully demonstrating against the demolition of a church. Protestors intended to stage a sit-in in front of the Maspero television building. Rogue elements within the Egyptian security force and military unleashed violent attacks on these protestors in an attempt to suppress their peaceful demonstration. Coptic protestors were killed and injured in one of the worst attacks on the Coptic community in modern history.

The perpetrators of these crimes have not been brought to justice. This is regrettable. The Australian Coptic Movement Association understands that Egypt has faced turbulent times since the Maspero massacre. But with the election of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and his honourable commitment to building a ‘new Egypt’, we consider that now is the time for justice to be delivered. We urge Egypt to launch a full investigation to identify those responsible and to prosecute the perpetrators. This act will send a clear message to the world that Egypt is moving a step closer to realizing the dream of Tahrir Square – a dream eloquently encapsulated by President Sisi.

The Australian Coptic Movement Association Ltd

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