11/05/2022 Egypt (International Christian Concern) – Biden will be the first president to visit Egypt since 2009 and there are hopes that he will discuss the issue of human rights declination since the military coup in 2013 that put Egyptian President Abdel Fattal al-Sisi into power. Biden is attending COP27 which will be focused on climate issues, but many lawmakers and NGOs are calling him to address human rights during international climate negotiations.
Issues being raised include prominent political and human rights activists being jailed, and the US is calling for them to be released. Christians in Egypt have been oppressed which includes pressure from family members to return to Islam, government blocks on church meetings and building, and threats from Islamic extremist. Despite these difficulties, Egypt has the largest Christian population among the majority-Arab nations.
“Christians who are outspoken about their faith are often beaten or imprisoned. When Christians are attacked or kidnapped by Muslims, the government rarely provides protection or assistance. Christian converts from Islam face the most problems, including being expelled from their families, being divorced by their Muslim spouses, losing their children and losing their jobs. Additionally, because their government-issued identity cards identify them as Muslim, it is difficult for them to attend church, to marry, to register their children in school, to get a job or to emigrate elsewhere. Christians charged with apostasy or proselytizing Muslims are generally imprisoned for a week or two, with a few notable exceptions”
The Biden administration has promised to make the advancement of human rights a priority, and these issues need to be addressed while in Egypt.
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