Egypt  

The Coptic Orthodox church is the largest in Egypt and the entire Middle East. It is approximately 7-10 million strong (6 -10% of the population), but since the church in Egypt is not allowed to carry out an official census, accurate figures are difficult to ascertain. The Egyptian Church faces pressures in a number of areas.

The distinction between civil law and Shari'a (Islamic Law) in Egypt has been deliberately eroded over the years. Significantly, in 1980, the National Assembly accepted an amendment to the Constitution, designating Shari'a as "the principal source of legislation" instead of "a principle source of legislation".

Although the violence of the 90s perpetrated by Islamic extremists has largely been eliminated, sporadic violence against Christians continues as a result of communal tensions. This violence has often gone unpunished by the Egyptian legal system and there seem to be no clear and consistent attempts by the authorities to prevent similar violence in the future.

Latest news

CSW echoes call for prayer as Egyptians vote in constitution referendum 15/01/2014
Egypt: four killed in attack on wedding in Giza 21/10/2013
Egypt: CSW calls on interim government to secure justice for Maspero victims 09/10/2013
Egypt: Coptic Bishop survives assasination attempt 02/10/2013
Egypt: Call to prayer by the Religious Liberty Commission 23/08/2013
Egypt: CSW speaks to His Grace Bishop Angaelos about the ongoing protests 21/08/2013
Egypt: sectarian attacks mount as violence continues 19/08/2013
Hundreds dead and churches attacked in Egypt violence 15/08/2013
Egypt: CSW expresses concern about attacks against Christians as Pope cancels public sermons 09/08/2013
Egypt: A popular coup? 11/07/2013
Egypt: Church calls for three days of prayer for peace and reconciliation 09/07/2013
Egypt: murders of Shia Muslims highlight increasing vulnerability of religious minorities 24/06/2013
Egypt: Christian teacher convicted on blasphemy charges 13/06/2013
Egypt: CSW expresses concern at "disproportionate" sentencing of NGO workers 06/06/2013
Egypt: siege on Cathedral highlights escalating sectarian violence 08/04/2013
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Response magazine

Alerting international decision-makers about the worsening situation in Egypt 01/01/2013
CAMPAIGN UPDATE 20,000 people sign CSW’s No Way Out petition 01/11/2011
No Way Out: Campaign update 01/07/2011
A voice for freedom 01/07/2011
Bringing change through prayer 01/05/2011
Egypt country profile: No Way Out campaign: changing the lives of Egypt’s Christians! 01/03/2011
CSW’s Egypt campaign is now underway! 01/03/2011
Christmas in the desert 01/11/2010
&quotI can’t learn, marry or work freely..." 01/11/2010
Belonging nowhere 01/11/2008

Prayer diary

Pray for Egypt 05/01/2014
Pray for Egypt 06/10/2013
Pray for the Middle East 16/06/2013
Pray for Egypt 03/02/2013
Pray for Egypt 25/11/2012
Pray for Egypt 22/07/2012
Pray for Egypt 15/07/2012
Pray for Egypt 11/03/2012
Pray for Egypt 20/11/2011
Pray for Egypt 13/11/2011
Pray for Egypt 25/09/2011

Press releases

Egypt: On 2011 revolution anniversary, CSW encourages implementation of constitutional human rights provisions 24/01/2014
Coptic Bishop calls for prayer as Egyptians vote in constitution referendum 15/01/2014
Egypt: four killed in attack on wedding in Giza 21/10/2013
Egypt: CSW calls on interim government to secure justice for Maspero victims 09/10/2013
Egypt: Coptic Bishop survives assasination attempt 02/10/2013
Egypt: sectarian attacks mount as violence continues 19/08/2013
Hundreds dead and churches attacked in Egypt violence 15/08/2013
Egypt: CSW expresses concern about attacks against Christians as Pope cancels public sermons 09/08/2013
Egypt: Church calls for three days of prayer for peace and reconciliation 09/07/2013
Egypt: murders of Shia Muslims highlight increasing vulnerability of religious minorities 24/06/2013
Egypt: Christian teacher convicted on blasphemy charges 13/06/2013
Egypt: CSW expresses concern at "disproportionate" sentencing of NGO workers 06/06/2013
Egypt: Copts arrested following attack on St Marks Cathedral 12/04/2013
Egypt: siege on Cathedral highlights escalating sectarian violence 08/04/2013
Egypt: Two Copts sentenced to three years imprisonment for Maspero gun theft 06/02/2013
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Reports

Egypt: Constitution 2014 - Religious freedom analysis 27/02/2014
Egypt: update on recent developments 01/07/2012
EGYPT: Second Round of Voting Takes Place in Egypt 16/12/2011
Egypt - religious freedom profile 01/09/2009
Egypt - Attack on Abu-Fana Monastery, El Minya 26/09/2008
Egypt - Religious freedom profile 01/07/2008
Religious freedom profile: Egypt 01/08/2007

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