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Egypt Threatens Christian Refugees with Deportation

There are around 300,000 Greek Orthodox Christians in Egypt; like our Coptic Christian brothers and sisters, they suffer sporadic persecution, discrimination, and harassment.

For previous coverage of the persecution of Christians in Egypt, see here.

“Egypt Threatens Christian Refugees with Deportation,” International Christian Concern, July 1, 2022:

07/01/2022 Egypt (International Christian Concern) – On Thursday last week, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) warned that a Yemeni Christian is in immediate and severe danger due to his impending deportation by the Egyptian government. The Yemeni Christian Abdul-Baqi Saeed Abdo recently announced his conversion to Christianity on social media, recounting how it took place in 2013 before he fled from Yemen to Egypt. After the conversion of him and his family, Abdo had suffered the murder of his wife and his own attempted murder. Fortunately, he survived and acquired an asylum application registration card from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 2015. He also received a card from the UNHCR in 2020, which he still possesses.

EIPR has sounded the alarm that, despite the danger facing Abdo in Yemen and his possession of an asylum card from the UNHCR, the Egyptian government is threatening him with deportation. Authorities arrested Abdo on December 15, 2021, soon after he announced his conversion to Christianity on social media. They searched his home, seizing three laptops, and charged him with “joining a terrorist group with knowledge of its purposes, and contempt of the Islamic religion.” He currently sits in pretrial detention awaiting the adjudication of his Supreme State Security case….

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