Egypt’s Christians Struggle to Rebuild Churches Despite 2016 Reform Law

Prior to 2016, the legal framework for church construction was rooted in decrees extending back to the mid-19th century

Egypt's Christians continue to struggle to get government approval for church building and repair projects despite the reforms implemented by a church construction law approved in 2016. A new report by the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) concluded that "the positive impact" of the law "has been minimal."

U.S. to Withhold Up to $290 Million in Egypt Aid

The United States has decided to deny Egypt $95.7 million in aid and to delay a further $195 million because of its failure to make progress on respecting human rights and democratic norms, two sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.