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. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SEPTEMBER 16, 2017

Sydney, Australia – The Australian Coptic Movement Association LTD (ACM) strongly refutes recent statements made by the Minister for Emigration and Expatriate Affairs, her Excellency Nabila Makram.

Dismayingly, the Minister asserts that the reports of Coptic persecution are merely ‘rumours’. These remarks were reportedly made to Australian Parliamentarians during her recent visit to Australia according to the prominent Al Masry Al Youm newspaper.

“We understand that Egypt is facing many challenges and indeed threats, however, to assert that the severe persecution of Coptic Christians is merely based on rumours  is simply outrageous in light of the great suffering of many Copts in Egypt and abroad”, said Peter Tadros, spokesperson for ACM.

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.

Earlier this year, churches were attacked in the Palm Sunday twin bombings, one of which was an attempted assassination on the Coptic Orthodox Pope.

As recently as last month, small churches such as those in Minya were closed by authorities.

The Egyptian government bears responsibility for an environment where anti-Christian sentiment is rife. Coptic Christians have been murdered with impunity. Coptic Christian women have been abducted and police are either unwilling or unable to investigate those matters. Copts routinely experience discrimination in almost all sectors. The discrimination is institutional.

It is incumbent upon the Egyptian government to fulfil its responsibility of protecting its own nationals. We repeat that euphonious rhetoric must be accompanied by concrete action; Egyptians are entitled to feel safe and secure in their homeland.

It is not acceptable that the Minister dismisses the persecution and discrimination in the name of ‘National Unity’.

We totally reject the Minister’s representation and we will continue to demand justice for all Copts who are victims of discrimination, persecution and terror.

For enquiries please contact us at aucopticmovement@gmail.com or call +61-418-331-213.

The Australian Coptic Movement Association

 

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One Response to “Australian Coptic Movement refutes Egyptian Minister remarks on Coptic persecution”

  1. Edward Isaac says:

    For over a millennia Copts in Egypt have been the subject of oppression and discrimination. In the last 30 years Egypt itself have been transformed into very sunni exclusive society. Egypt Copts and other minorities are not safe and are subject daily to killing, kidnapping and forced conversion to Islam. Egyptian Copts are peaceful people. I think it is now time to stand up and take arms against the Islamist in Egypt. If we are not willing to fight for our land and our right, no one else will take our fight. So it is simple. For start, we need to change the current church hierarchy. Why, because they are in bed with the government of Egypt. Cut the head of the snake first.

    Ed
    A copts that faught in Egypt wars and was discriminated against

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