Although the Egyptian courts have decided beyond reasonable doubt and after extensive reviews of both the government’s and the people’s documents regarding the border demarcation agreement, the Egyptian regime decided to refer the now void agreement to parliament for voting. This is contrary to both the law and the constitution. Everyone knew that once it went to parliament, and given that parliament has been chosen by state security in the first place, they would approve the agreement and ignore the courts. Several lawyers, among them Khaled Ali and Tarek al Awadi filed lawsuits against the government insisting the government should uphold the law and rejecting parliament’s intervention.
In April, the Court of Urgent Matters voided the ruling halting transfer of islands to Saudi Arabia. This lawsuit was not even filed by government but was filed by a lawyer, Ashraf Farahat. This ruling is subject to appeal but also the matter is already at the Constitutional Court which will offer its own ruling in July. Continue reading
The Egyptian regime has no time to stop terrorists. It is busy arresting and torturing and disappearing people. It is busy pursuing human rights activists and busy with their ‘funding resources’. It is busy building new prisons [almost 20 new prisons have been built since Sisi came to power]. It is busy denying anything bad is happening in Egypt, closing its eyes to young students dying in its prisons. It is busy arresting and illegally keeping in prison an Egyptian American beautiful young woman and her husband who went back to Egypt to help orphaned and street children accusing them of inciting children against the state. Busy killing a foreign student who came to study unions as part of his research. Busy releasing extremists from prisons, many with presidential amnesty. Busy building pointless structures without true investment. Busy taking grants and loans and raising prices of everything for the poor. Busy pursuing parliamentarians who speak up and removing journalists/media personalities who dared criticize it. It is busy selling parts of its land to another state just to get some finances regardless of Egypt’s rich resources. It is busy convincing everyone of the global conspiracy against Egypt and turning everyone against everyone else.
On the evening of Feb 21, as the elderly Nabila Fawzi Girgis prepared for bed, two armed men knocked on her door. She told her son, Medhat, 45, not to open the door but he did. He was shoved inside then instantly shot in the head. The terrorists then asked her who else was in the house. Her husband, Saad Hakim Hanna, an elderly disabled man who could barely see or walk, was in the other room. They pushed her aside and shot him dead too, then they took what they can from the house and burnt it down. That was the final spark that prompted the exodus of 190 Coptic families from their homes in Al Arish to safer Ismailiya and on to other governorates where they had relatives.
This was not the first incident. It followed a series of incidents over the past month and many more prior to that:
- Hani – killed on the same street where Medhat lived and they robbed his store.
Terrorists burnt Kamel’s home after slaughtering him.
- Bahgat William Zakher, vetrenarian, killed in his car outside a pharmacy he owns on Feb 12.
- Adel Shawki killed in same town.
- Gamal Tewfik Girgis, 50, teacher and owner of a shoe store, killed inside his store in the middle of a public market at the hands of extremists on Feb 15.
- Wael Yousef Samaan, killed inside his store in front of his wife and children.
- Kamel Raouf Romani, a plumber, killed on Feb 23. The terrorists followed him to his home in Al Zuhur district, and he ran to the roof where they slaughtered him and then burnt his home and its entire contents.
March news 2017:
- Kom El Loofi [March 10th]: Copts of Kom El Loofi congregated in the Samaloot Bishophric to protest the governmental security apparatus who had promised them earlier to re-open the village church in which they prayed, after the ‘extremists’ refused to permit it. The church building had been closed for 7 years now and Christians are forced to travel several kilometers to access a church.
The Minya security cief met with Copts in Kom El Loofi and stated that he did not want any clashes just because of the opening of a church and that he just needed time to convince the extremists to open it. This ‘convincing’ process has taken 8 months and still the church remains closed.
The question is: what type of state permits extremists to dictate their conditions to allow some people to exercise their constitutional right to freedom of religion?
[images by journalist Nader Shukri]
View video message from the girls of Kom El Loofi.
President Sisi visited Aswan to attend a conference on youth. While there he stated ‘if Egypt is lost, it will never return.’ He also stated that Egypt is poorer than anyone can imagine. Sisi was uncharacteristically silent about US president’s statements that he would move the US embassy to Jerusalem. When pressured, he responded vaguely [since he is a friend of Drumpf’s] that he does not want to “complicate matters.”
Meanwhile the anniversary of the Jan 25, 2011 revolution passed quietly and without incidence. There weren’t even attempts at demonstrations. It was business as usual. The military congratulated the president on the ‘Jan 25 Revolution’ and stated that ‘it is a people’s revolution that was protected by the military.’ This, of course, is contrary to the entire rhetoric of the pro-Sisi people who claim that it was not a revolution or anything but chaos and a conspiracy, and an attempt at bringing Egypt down.
القوات المسلحة تهنئ الرئيس بذكرى ثورة «25 يناير»: «ثورة شعب حماها الجيش» | المصري اليوم