- Dec 8, 2019
While it’s a foregone conclusion that President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt will be reelected this week, he faces a challenge from a cohort of idealistic youth, including Christians, who want greater democracy and pluralism.
“Now more than ever, people from across the political spectrum are uniting around the reality that death penalty is a failed public policy that denies the inherent dignity of the human person,” said CMN president Karen Clifton.
After several deadly terrorist attacks on Coptic Christians and others in Egypt, the people there are feeling like any one of them could become a martyr at any time. ISIS has promised to step up its targeting of Christians in the country.
USCIRF’s list this year differs from its 2016 list with the addition of Russia, but also the dropping of Egypt and Iraq, a move that may surprise some given continuing deadly attacks on Christians in those countries.
“You can never do enough against jihadist and terrorist attacks, which come, like any criminal acts, at a time no one can foresee,” Father Rafic Greiche said. “But while no country can be fully secure, I think there’s will on government side to act decisively against these constant attempts to destabilize Egypt.”
Saturday’s decision by the prosecutors cited lack of sufficient evidence, according to the lawyer, Eihab Ramzy. Another case against the alleged perpetrators of the violence, which also targeted Christian homes, remains ongoing.