Posted by: becketfund | July 2, 2007

Egypt: High Court Accepts Coptic Appeal

The Associated Press reports that Egypt’s Supreme Administrative Court has accepted the appeal of a group of forty-five Coptic Christians over the matter of their religious designations on their identity cards. The members of the group, who had converted to Islam but later decided to return to Christianity, were initially denied permission to change their religious affiliation after they had converted. The initial ruling, which was handed down in April, followed the principles of Shari’a law, which forbids conversion away from Islam. Lawyers for the government planned to challenge the Coptic appeal, though human rights activists are hopeful that the Supreme Administrative Court will uphold “principles of religious freedom and non-discrimination.”

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