Egyptian Christian Opposes Sharia Law - Accepted as Refugee

Publish Date: Oct 05, 2013

In the course of our immigration law practice, we acted for a number of Egyptian clients who claimed refugee status in Australia because they faced persecution in Egypt.

The following case demonstrates the types of issues we have dealt with in the context of these claims.

The applicant was an Evangelical Egyptian Christian persecuted by Islamic militant groups in Egypt. He feared hostility due to his preaching and outreach activities through his Evangelical Church. Christians who are seen as opposed to Sharia law are routinely targeted in Egypt and suffer threats to their well-being and safety.

The applicant had been followed by extremist Islamic militants and had been under surveillance by these groups. It is well documented that since the fall of the Mubarak regime groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood have increased their threats and aggression towards Coptic Christians and Evangelicals in Egypt.

He feared that Sharia law would become more mainstream in Egypt and there would be even less acceptance of Christians and minority groups.

The tribunal accepted that both Coptic and Evangelical Egyptian Christians experience harassment and intimidation by groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood. They also accepted that hostility towards Coptic and Evangelical Egyptian Christians has increased in Egypt since the fall of the Mubarak regime.

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