Commission for Ecumenism & Interfaith Dialogue

Historic day for Coptic Christians in Australia


In what it has described as an act of the "authentic Australian spirit of fairness, justice, courage and mateship", the Coptic Orthodox Community has welcomed bipartisan support within the Australian Federal Parliament in recognising Coptic Christians in Egypt who are suffering ongoing and increasing persecution.

On Thursday 13 October 2011 at 10am, the Federal Parliament passed a motion in a bipartisan support that:

1. recognises that Coptic Christians in Egypt are suffering ongoing and increasing persecution;

2. condemns the recent attacks on Coptic Christians in Egypt;

3. expresses its sympathy for Coptic Christians who have been victims of recent attacks in Egypt; and

4. calls on the Government to:

a) Issue a public statement condemning the ongoing attacks against the Coptic Christian minority in Egypt;

b) Make immediate representations to the United Nations to end the persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt; and

c) Strongly urge the Egyptian Government to provide equal rights and protection for all Egyptian citizens regardless of race or religion.

The Coptic Orthodox Community is grateful to the support and the initiative made by the Hon Craig Kelly, the Liberal Federal Member of Hughes in moving the motion and putting to the Australian Parliament the pains and fears of the Australian Coptic Community.

Mr Kelly’s motion was supported unanimously by all members of the House; he was joined in notable and encouraging statements by the Hon Anthony Albanese (Leader of the House), the Hon Bob Katter and the Hon Michael Danby.

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