Egypt’s indigenous Coptic Orthodox Christians have always been subject to persecution. Images circulating on social media often show the appalling situation faced by the largest Christian group in the Middle East.
Recent Islamic attacks have forced many Copts to conduct their services outside in fear of a repeat attempt to snuff out their Christian presence.
According to independent political activist and Milan Maksimovic, “Many don’t know that the Egyptian Government is complicit in this violence — quietly turning a blind eye while angry mobs continue to commit crimes against Coptic Christians.”
In recent weeks there have been at least four attacks on Coptic Christian communities in districts such as Minya and Isna.
Persecution of the Copts of Minya in Egypt and beating them with stones pic.twitter.com/WT7WSYhmpY
— mina (@minasabry1985) September 11, 2018
To assist Coptic Christians facing persecution, Mr Maksimovic has set up an online petition.
“It’s time for the international community to remind Egypt of its agreement to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states: ‘Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.’ (Article 18).”
“It’s time for the international community to stand alongside Egypt’s Coptic population by calling for those responsible for the violence and killings to be held to account,” Mr Maksimovic said.
You can sign the petition here.