Thursday, January 12, 2006

Coptic Christian deportations underway

Coptic Christian deportations underway


THE DEPORTATION of 20 Egyptians from Canada has begun, and advocates for the group insist that they will be placed in severe danger if they are returned to Egypt.

The deportees, all of whom are Coptic Christians affiliated with the Church of Virgin Mary and St. Athanasius in Mississauga, tried unsuccessfully to obtain refugee status in this country.


Several organizations have expressed concerns about the mistreatment of Coptic Christians in Egypt, including Amnesty International, Christian Solidarity Worldwide and Compass Direct. Further, Copts.net lists four dozen instances of violence evidently suffered by Coptic Christians over the past three decades.

The case has drawn some prominent media coverage. According to the January 4 National Post, the claimants maintain they are facing a perilous future: "Mina, a refused claimant who asked that his real name not be used, said he was stabbed multiple times in a 1998 confrontation with a group who later burned his welding shop in Alexandria."

Such fears are confirmed by Majed El Shafie, who heads the Toronto-based One Free World International. A one-time Muslim, he maintains that he was tortured by Egyptian government authorities some years ago for advocacy on behalf of persecuted Christians.


"The Canadian government through the years has accepted people who later turned out to be terrorists, that don't deserve to be in this land," El Shafie told CC.com. "Here we have people in serious danger of persecution. They are really facing torture and persecution if they return. They are innocent people. Every one of them was working, and ready to be useful to this society. They were involved in no illegal activities."

5 Comments:

At 5:27 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

u r sending an extremely awful and wrong message that copts r giving up the land they lived on for thousands of years under oppressions instead of defending their rights at home.

Any unbiased person knows very well that asylum procedures is so tight and look what has happened to sudanese refugees who were seeking asylum and their circumstances were much more worse and miserable than copts and doors of united nations and western embassies were closed at their faces.

what about the rhetoric that we are sons and daughters of martyrs bla bla bla

really pathetic.

 
At 11:17 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The above post is correct in exposing the one side of the always two-sides of any situation. If Christians flee Egypt because of their harsh situation, then they are accused of fleeing from witnessing for Christ. On the other hand not every Copts is expected to be strong against persecutions and discriminations.

Here is my spiritual solution, Christ Commanded us to pray for one another, so please join me in prayers for these people, while others work also on the secular means of helping. If some one knows what to do help, let us know.
eemc2203@yahoo.com

 
At 1:01 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahh, I assume you both are much stronger than the asylum-seekers you look down upon.

How blessed we are to have such saints -in-the-making posting on this message board. Why, I suppose when your children are about to be born, you make sure that there are hungry wolves all around ready to feast your newborn babies.

Why don't you tell us stories about your the many martyrdoms you have eagerly sought after and received thus far?

 
At 6:55 AM , Anonymous Copic said...

I'm the one who wrote the first post and for Mr. anonymous who wrote the above post and is mocking what i said, u didn't understand what i wrote or maybe i didn't make myself clear.

Once again, any country will never ever give asylum to anyone in such way and i gave a painful example for what has happened with sudanese refugees where everyone abandoned them especially it is difficult to officially prove any persecution such as kill threats at the same time i don't deny that such threats really exist.

Don't worry Mr.anonymous, i' not a saint and i'm not looking down upon anyone but u don't know anthing about me and my family and what we r doing for our borthers in Egypt.

Regards.

 
At 6:56 AM , Anonymous Coptic said...

I'm the one who wrote the first post and for Mr. anonymous who wrote the above post and is mocking what i said, u didn't understand what i wrote or maybe i didn't make myself clear.

Once again, any country will never ever give asylum to anyone in such way and i gave a painful example for what has happened with sudanese refugees where everyone abandoned them especially it is difficult to officially prove any persecution such as kill threats at the same time i don't deny that such threats really exist.

Don't worry Mr.anonymous, i' not a saint and i'm not looking down upon anyone but u don't know anthing about me and my family and what we r doing for our brothers in Egypt.

Regards.

 

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