VIDEO: Rep. Hill Advocates for Supporting Religious Freedom of Coptic Christians in Egypt
Washington, December 13, 2019
Tags: Life Values , Foreign Affairs
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Thursday, Congressman French Hill (AR-02) participated in a House Committee on Foreign Affairs Member Day hearing where he advocated for passage of his legislation, H.Res.49, expressing support for Coptic Christians and religious liberty in Egypt.
I introduced this resolution in the 115th Congress following a 2017 visit to Egypt, and while preparing for the trip, visiting the country, and returning home, I repeatedly heard about the plight of the Coptic Christians in Egypt. Although the Copts have been victims of numerous terrorist attacks by groups like ISIS, what is most disturbing to me is the attacks against Copts carried out by their fellow Egyptians.
These are fundamental tenets of our foreign policy. In my work on this resolution here in the House, I continue to give voice to this very American ideal of religious tolerance. Likewise, I've met with religious leaders from all across the Levant from Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Jerusalem with an eye towards better shaping American and allied support of Christians and other persecuted religious minorities.
On January 16, 2019, Congressman Hill introduced a resolution, H.Res.49, expressing support for Coptic Christians and religious liberty in Egypt. The full text of H.Res.49 can be found HERE.
H.Res.49 acknowledges the importance of the United States-Egypt partnership in advancing our common interests, recognizes Egypt’s need for certain government reforms, and calls on the Egyptian government to end the culture of impunity and make examples by arresting, prosecuting, and convicting those responsible for attacks on Christians. It also calls on the government to hold those local government officials accountable who fail to enforce the law.
On April, 9, 2019, Congressman Hill sent a letter to President Trump ahead of his meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, calling on him to raise concerns about the plight of Christian minorities in Egypt. The full letter can be found HERE.
In October, Congressman Hill received In Defense of Christians' (IDC) 2019 Congressional Champion award for his "extraordinary commitment to the human rights and religious freedom of Christian and other religious minority communities in the Middle East." Specifically, IDC highlighted Congressman Hill's work in support of Coptic Christians.