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SECOND INTERNATIONAL COPTIC CONFERENCE ON DEMOCRACY IN EGYPT FOR MUSLIMS AND CHRISTIANS - 16-19 November 2005
in Egypt for Muslims and Christians, which is to conclude with the Middle
East Democratic Forum, will be held from November 16-19, 2005, at the
Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle, NW, Washington D.C. 20005.
The event, which is jointly sponsored by Christian Solidarity International,
Coalition for the Defense of Human Rights Jubilee Campaign, as well as the
Copts-United.com, U.S. Copts Association, and the Ibn Khaldon Center (Cairo)
will have among the participants: the Conference Chairman, Mr. Adly A.
Youssef, the world renowned former candidate to the presidency of Egypt and
pro-democracy activist Saad Eddin Ibrahim, Rev. Hans Stückelberger,
the human rights Coptic-American activist, Michael Meunier,
the anti-slavery and pro-democracy activist John Eibner, as well as Nina Shea,
who is the director of the Center for Religious Freedom of Freedom House,
former Congressman Walter Fauntroy, David Aikman, Fred Barnes,
Danielle Pletka and , and many others.
On Wednesday, November 16, 2005, there will be a Congressional Human Rights
Caucus informal hearing at the U.S. Capitol with co-chairs: Congressmen
Frank Wolf and Tom Lantos. At that hearing representatives from the State
Department, The International Commission on Religous Freedom and Nadia Ghali
and Michael Meunier from the Coptic Leadership are expected to address the
As one of the highlights of this meetings, the Egyptian activist, Saad Eddin
Ibrahim, will deliver a major speech on democracy in Egypt.
The Copts, Egypt's indigenous Christian population, have been lately
often in the news, as a result of persecution they have been suffering
due to longstanding religious tensions between Muslims and Coptic Christians,
erupted last month with the approach of the third round of Egypt's first judicially
supervised parliamentary elections that began last week.
Spokesman for the SECOND INTERNATIONAL COPTIC CONFERENCE
ON DEMOCRACY IN EGYPT FOR MUSLIMS AND CHRISTIANS
is the well-known human rights Coptic-American acticvist, Michael Meunier,
who is the President of the U.S. Copts Association and the
founder and Executive Director of the Center for Freedom in the Middle East
which serves as a home for a coalition of political and advocacy groups,
individuals and scholars from the Middle East striving to promote and uphold
the pillars of Judeo-Christian values including democracy, religious
freedom, civil liberties and human rights.
For more information about the Conference please viist www.copts.com or
The event is 'per invitation only,' however, should you wish to attend,
please do not hesitate to send an e-mail to Susan@copts.com, with
the subject line COPTIC MEETING D.C.
Source: Publicist for the event: Eleana Benador,
Benador Associates Public Relations