Egypt's New Church Law May Cause More Christian Persecution

The government in Egypt is signaling that Christians can be attacked "with impunity" because of a new law that discriminates against the religious minority, human rights advocates are warning.

The new law, published by Al-Youm al-Sabaa, allows local authorities to forbid new church buildings and requires any new churches that are built to be "commensurate with" the number of Christians in the area.

It is also feared that the law's security provisions effectively sanction mob decisions against Christians.

The new law has been heavily criticized by the Coptic Christian community.

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