EGYPTIAN CONFERENCE OF HELIOPOLIS
A conference held from 29 April to 4 May 1911, attended by two thousand delegates, to discuss issues of national significance, including demands made by Copts in their COPTIC CONGRESS OF ASYUT. Mustafa Riyad Pasha, a former prime minister, was chairman, and Ibrahim al-Hilbawi was secretary. Among the speakers were Ahmad Lutfi al-Sayyid, ‘Abd al-‘Aziz Jawish, Hafiz Ramadan, and ‘Ali Yusuf.
The delegates drafted the following resolutions:
- Political rights should not be based on religious considerations.
- No religious community may claim a national day of rest.
- The ability should be the sole criterion for official appointments.
- All citizens should have an equal right to vote. Highly qualified persons may, however, be accorded more votes.
- As a community Copts should not be entitled to special financial aid for their own religious amenities.
The report was concluded by urging harmonious and tolerant coexistence.