Posted by: becketfund | December 25, 2007

Egypt: Bahá’ís Face Problems in Obtaining Birth Certificates, Identity Cards

CAIRO – Two cases involving Bahá’ís in Egypt have been postponed to January 22, 2008. In the first case, a father of twins is seeking proper birth certificates for his children, while in the second, a student is seeking a national identity card in order to re-enroll at university, Bahá’í World News Service reported on December 25. Both cases have arisen from the fact that Egypt requires all citizens to list religious affiliation on any piece of identification, yet limits the choice of religion to the officially recognized religions of Islam, Christianity or Judaism. There is no option for Bahá’í, and without identity cards or birth certificates, access to employment, education, and health care is impossible.


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