WASHINGTON -- Coptic Solidarity urgently calls on the US Department of State and legislators to publicly condemn the rash of fatal attacks and collective punishment inflicted on Egypt's Copts, and to pressure the Egyptian government to fully prosecutes perpetrators of these crimes.

Within the last week, the already besieged Coptic community in Egypt has been further terrorized through a series of attacks including:

The office of the prosecutor is reported to have charged the murderer with "beating that led to death" with a maximum penalty of seven years in prison, compared to "murder" which could lead to a death sentence.

Such attacks and perversions of justice perpetrated both by the Egyptian society and government are compounded by the use of "reconciliation sessions" which force Copts to forgo their legal rights, and by the government which refuses to fully prosecute or carry out sentences on those who attack Copts and their properties. Noticeable is the total lack of coverage by government-controlled media or any ranking official, which underscores the deliberate oppression and humiliation of the Copts, whom the government treats as mere Dhimmis, not citizens in their own homeland. Coptic Solidarity holds the Egyptian government fully culpable and responsible for fostering this culture of impunity that encourages the increasing numbers of heinous attacks on Copts.

Coptic Solidarity urgently calls on US government officials and legislators to unequivocally condemn such religiously-motivated violence and urge immediate protection for Copts in Egypt.

Coptic Solidarity is hosting a rally on December 21, to urge the US Administration and Egyptian government to urgently take action to protect Coptic Christians. The rally will start at the main gate of the White House from 11 AM - 1PM and move to the Egyptian Embassy from 1PM -2PM in Washington, DC. The location of the Egyptian Embassy is 3521 International Court, NW Washington, DC 20008.

Coptic Solidarity is an organization seeking to help minorities, particularly the Copts, of Egypt and we support those in Egypt working for upholding values of freedom, equality, and the protection of the fundamental rights of all Egyptian citizens. It advocates in cooperation with the affiliated organizations in Canada and in Europe (Solidarité Copte). For more information, contact Lindsay Griffin at 801-512-1713 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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