Princess facing Saudi death penalty given secret UK asylum

Woman feared she would be stoned after giving birth to an illegitimate child in Britain

The Independent

Saudi Arabia, ruled by King Abdullah, is home to about 30,000 Britons   
Saudi Arabia, ruled by King Abdullah, is home to about 30,000 Britons

 

A Saudi Arabian princess who had an illegitimate child with a British man has secretly been granted asylum in this country after she claimed she would face the death penalty if she were forced to return home. The young woman, who has been granted anonymity by the courts, won her claim for refugee status after telling a judge that her adulterous affair made her liable to death by stoning.

Egyptian jailed for insult poem

British Broadcasting Corporation 

President Hosni Mubarak at a news conference on 7 July 2009 

There will be an appeal against the verdict of insulting the president

A civil servant in Egypt has been jailed for three years for insulting President Hosni Mubarak in a poem, according to newspaper reports.

Moneer Said Hanna's family said he wrote satirical poetry for fun, to entertain his work colleagues, and never meant to hurt anyone.

Persecuted Church Weblog

Iran holding two young women in prison because they're Christians

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The two Iranian Christian women, Maryam Rustampoor (27) and Marzieh Amirizadeh (30) continue to be held in Evin prison in Iran because of their Christian faith, unfairly labeled as ‘anti-government activists’, because of the hostility of the government towards practising Christians.

COURT GRANTS CUSTODY OF SONS TO COPTIC MOTHER

But twins will keep father’s Muslim identity in their records, creating future problems.

A Christian mother in Egypt has won custody of her twin sons from her estranged husband, who had converted to Islam and claimed them according to Islamic legal precepts.

 Sarkozy speaks out against burka

British Broadcasting Corporation

French President Nicolas Sarkozy
Mr Sarkozy was speaking at a special session of parliament in Versailles

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has spoken out strongly against the wearing of the burka by Muslim women in France.

In a major policy speech, he said the burka - a garment covering women from head to toe - reduced them to servitude and undermined their dignity.

Egypt passes quota law for women MPs

CAIRO (AFP)

Egypt's parliament has passed a law allocating a quota of 64 seats in the lower house to women, in what a minister said on Monday was aimed at promoting their role in society.

The new law adopted on Sunday will give women more than 12 percent of the seats in an expanded parliament after the next election due in 2010, Minister of Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Mufid Shehab said.

Pakistan: Christian Murdered for Drinking Tea From a Muslim Cup

International Christian Concern

WASHINGTON -- International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that radical Muslims running a tea stall beat a Christian man to death for using a cup designated for Muslims on May 9. The young man, Ishtiaq Masih, had ordered tea at a roadside stall in Machharkay village, Punjab, Pakistan, after his bus stopped to allow passengers to relieve themselves.

Breaking News 

Maher Al-Gohari was refused his request to convert to Christianity on his ID card 

United Copts GB

maher ahmed 

The disappointing verdict by the High Administrative Court in Cairo today has dealt a severe blow to Freedom of Religion to Muslims who would like to come out of Islam and convert to Christianity in a country who persistently and relentlessly claims to be secular and apply “civil Laws”. 

The judge Hamdi Yaseen rejected Maher Ahmed Al-Mo’tasem Bellah Al-Gohari application to change his religious affiliation from Muslim to Christian on his ID card; the verdict was based on the Islamic Sharia which prohibits conversion of Muslims to any other religion and “disruption to Public order”.

Saudi woman minister needs permission to be on TV Laughing

washingtonpost.com 

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's first woman cabinet minister cannot appear on television without permission, a newspaper quoted her as saying on Monday.

Noura al-Faiz's appointment in February as deputy minister for women's education was hailed as a big step for the integration of women in conservative Saudi Arabia where a puritanical form of Islam bans women from driving, voting and mixing with unrelated men.

Egyptian Copts to Obama: Reconciliation is a Two-Way Street

by Nissan Ratzlav-Katz

(IsraelNN.com) Members of the Egyptian Coptic diaspora urged American President Barack Obama to remember the Middle East's oppressed non-Muslim minorities during his upcoming trip to Cairo. Several members of the U.S. Congress echoed the Copts' concerns.

Justice Egyptian style; Police officers get 5 years for murdering Christians.

From M. Abdelmassih 

Giza Criminal Court has handed down 25th May 2009 a five-year prison sentence to the two Police constables who killed the Copt Nasser Gadallah, by throwing him out of a window.

The Gadallah family's legal team objected to this lenient sentence, and asked the Court to reclassify the charge as 'wilful, premeditated, and deliberate killing.'

 

 

Father Mattaos WahbaEgyptian Convert Airs Declaration of Priest’s Innocence

Christian woman tells TV audience imprisoned clergyman did not know of false ID.

By Roger Elliott

ISTANBUL, May 22 (Compass Direct News) – An Egyptian convert from Islam  who forged Christian identification papers and later used them to marry a Coptic man has appeared on a television show declaring the innocence of a priest serving a five-year sentence for marrying the couple.

Mosque registrations up but female Commission staff face barriers

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At least 124 more mosques have registered as charities since the Charity Commission’s Faith and Social Cohesion Unit began to focus on Muslim groups, despite its female outreach officers encountering hostility in some quarters.

Two Christian Copts detained for a third time under Emergency Law.

AINA 

Two Christian Copts, brothers Refaat and Ibrahim Fawzy Abdo, who were falsely accused last May of killing one of the militant Muslim raiders on the Abu Fana, Monastery, have been detained for a third time.

In spite of having been released again by a court ruling this month and the Ministry of Interior losing its appeal against this ruling, Minya State Security Services issued a new detention order, and the brothers were transferred back yesterday for the third consecutive time, to the New Valley detention camp. They were awaiting the implementation of the Court verdict to release them at the Minya prison.

Baroness Cox asks a question at the House of Lords

about the demolision of the Service Building

in Marsa Matrouh

 

Egypt

Question Link

Asked by Baroness Cox

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of Egypt about reports that their state security forces demolished the services building belonging to the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Masrah Matrouh, assaulting the Coptic priests and Coptic women and men, on 26 April at 7.30 am. [HL3479]

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama Removes his Shoes While Visiting the Sultan Ahmed Mosque

CFI Urges President Obama to Remember Persecuted Christians in Egypt

Christian Freedom International

 SAULT STE. MARIE, MI -- President Obama has chosen Egypt to deliver a major address to the Muslim world. Obama said after his election in November that he planned to make such a speech to show Muslims that the United States was extending its hand in friendship after years of tension.

Britons Held At Gunpoint In Egypt Over Flu

A British family have told of their holiday hell after being held in quarantine by armed guards amid swine flu panic in Egypt.   

Stewart Harbut, his pregnant wife Sasha and their four young children claim they were "pinned down" at Sharm el Sheikh International Hospital while doctors forced them to give swabs.

A bomb explodes near Cairo church

A small bomb exploded near a revered church in the Egyptian capital but caused no casualties or damage, police officials said Monday.

The officials said late Sunday night's explosion was caused by primitive bomb planted under a parked car near Saint Mary Church in Cairo's Zeitoun district. The church is one of the holiest sites for Egypt's Coptic Christian minority because an apparition of the Virgin Mary is believed to have appeared there in 1968.

BBC appoints Muslim to top religious post in controversial first


Aaqil Ahmed has been appointed the Head of Religion and Ethics

 

The BBC yesterday appointed a Muslim as its head of religious programming in a radical departure from broadcasting tradition. Aaqil Ahmed has been appointed the Head of Religion and Ethics

The post - considered one of the most influential religious roles in the country - has gone to Aaqil Ahmed, who has been working as an executive at Channel 4.

Bomb explodes in Cairo

Reuters

A small homemade bomb exploded near a church in the Egyptian capital on Monday but no one was hurt, security sources said.

The device damaged a car and a second one was found and detonated by police in the same area near a Coptic church in the northeast of Cairo, the sources added.


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