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 

Sydney, Australia – 13 October 2017

Egyptian Government fails to protect Coptic Christians despite emergency laws

The Australian Coptic Movement Association (ACM) strongly condemns the latest incident in Marg, Cairo, where a Coptic Orthodox Priest has been viciously killed in broad daylight. The initial reports
from the Interior Ministry and Egyptian media suggest that the murderer was ‘mentally deranged’ even though the accused has a history of threatening Copts in the district.

No justification can be provided for killing a Coptic priest in this manner.

This incident has occurred amidst a surge in attacks on Coptic Christians throughout Egypt. One NGO has reported a total of 546 sectarian attacks targeting Copts between 2012 and 2017 with
almost no one held accountable for the attacks.

Egypt, once a cradle of civilisation, will not be able to grow and realise its full potential if these attacks continue.

We strongly urge the Egyptian government led by President Sisi to ensure that justice is dispensed in this incident and for all previous attacks against Coptic Christians. We do not want
to see a another cover up and meaningless rhetoric. Copt’s in Egypt and throughout the diaspora do not demand any special treatment. If the Egyptian Government and all it’s institutions are serious about protecting
Egypt’s international reputation then they should start by ensuring that justice occurs.

Individuals and those who incite violence cannot be allowed to carry out such reprehensible acts with impunity.

A failure to do so on the part of the Egyptian authorities will have negative repercussions; it will demonstrate a disturbing disregard for human dignity on their part and embolden individuals to engage in such activities with the
knowledge that the authorities will turn a blind eye.

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The Australian Coptic Movement Association



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
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