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

Capture screenshot Helwan

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

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

The Egyptian authorities continue to fail to offer protection to Coptic Christians in Egypt despite the Emergency Laws. Gunman opened
fire on the St Mina and St Kirollos Coptic Orthodox Church in Helwan (Cairo) on Friday 29 December 2017. Coptic shop owners in Helwan were also targeted with at least 2 killed.

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

In total, 12 were killed, the civilian casualties were all Coptic Orthodox Christians at two different locations. It is high time that the Egyptian Government along with the official religious institutions and Egyptian media stop denying the fact that Coptic Christians are not only persecuted but literally living under siege in their own country.

2017 has been the worst year on record for Egypt Copt’s in Modern history. Unfortunately 2018 looks to be just as bad with two more Coptic
Orthodox Christians gunned downed outside a liquor store in the Omrania suburb of Giza. A week earlier, hundreds of angry mobs attacked
the Prince St. Tadros Coptic Orthodox Church in Atfih, Giza and completely destroyed the church whilst chanting ‘We will bring the church down’.

The Government is clearly not doing enough to protect Egypt’s Copts and these attacks will continue and escalate due to the government’s ongoing inaction.

The authorities have also failed to prosecute those responsible for sectarian attacks against Christians elsewhere in Egypt, resorting instead
to state-sponsored reconciliation agreements which, at times, have involved the forced eviction of Christian families from their homes.

The Egyptian government must also end the prevailing impunity for attacks against Christians elsewhere around the country and end its reliance on customary reconciliation deals which further fuel a cycle of violence against Coptic Orthodox Christians.

Successive Egyptian governments have failed to tackle a longstanding pattern of discrimination and persecution against Copts and rising incidences of sectarian violence, by bringing those responsible for sectarian crimes to justice. Instead of prosecuting those behind such violent attacks the Egyptian government of  continues to rely on state-sponsored reconciliation agreements, which in some cases have involved forcibly evicting Coptic Christians from areas where they are under threat.

The Australian Coptic Movement Association

 

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT TODAY

The Team at the Australian Coptic Movement Association is seeking support to continue its advocacy work by opening a fully resourced office in Canberra.

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, advocating for greater political and civil liberties, and calling for the justice and security of Copts.

By closely working with the wider Australian community, government bodies, the media, and other human rights organizations, ACM has quickly grown to become one of the most active Coptic organizations in Australia, accumulating nationwide support. This status is reflected and recorded in Hansard records and numerous national and international media reports.

The ACM has achieved many milestones, which has brought it to the forefront of the struggle for freedom. These achievements include organizing rallies, 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. We are currently in the process of restructuring and hope to open an office soon. Please help us fast-track our plans and donate to help us fully resource this initiative.

Now, more than ever, we are in great need of independent civil community groups to play an influential role locally and overseas.

Account Name: The Australian Coptic Movement Association Ltd
BSB: 032 – 273
Account: 317405
Donations greater than $2.00 are tax deductible.
Enquiries: aucopticmovement@gmail.com

 

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One Response to “Egypt’s Copts living under siege as Coptic Orthodox Christmas approaches”

  1. Michael Bonato says:

    This is horrible … I know what happens in Egypt. It’s the Imams that must be brought under control. Ban all hateful speech especially after Friday prayers, no more kill all infidels.

    I heard the Imam in Cairo just recently on the loud speaker after Friday prayers shouting about Jerusalem and how it must be taken back… then that night the Coptic church at Giza was attacked, and after more and more succeeding attacks on Coptics.

    These Imams are inciting riots and hatred and the Coptic Christians are the target for venting their hatred. Yes it’s time to pressure President Al Sisi to pressure ALL the IMAMS in Egypt that the so called religion of peace must become peaceful and set an example for all Muslim nations to follow suit.

    Any LOUD speaker speech or any speech that incites riots and hatred should incur JAIL TIME for those IMAMs or better still, community service collecting garbage and street cleaning for 6 months.

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