Posted by: becketfund | January 29, 2008

Egypt: Court Grants Bahais Right to Obtain ID Papers

CAIRO – In a landmark case, an Egyptian court has ruled that two members of an un-recognized religion may receive ID cards given the religious affiliation is left blank, Reuters reported on January 29.  The appeal was brought forward by a Bahai Egyptian citizen who was seeking identity papers for his teenage twins. Identification documents are needed to enroll in school, marry, drive a car and open a bank account. It is yet to be determined if this ruling will apply to all members of un-recognized religions, like the Bahai religion. Unfortunately, the same court ruled in a separate case that a man who had converted from Islam to Christianity would not be allowed to change his name and religion on his identity papers. The ministry of the interior had indicated that it was “not correct” for a Muslim to leave the Islamic faith.

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