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Title:Prohibited identities: state interference with religious freedom
Authors:Bahgat, Hossam
Stork, Joe
City of publisher:Washington, DC
Publisher:Human Rights Watch
Geographic term:Egypt
Islamic law
freedom of religion
human rights
External link:http://hrw.org/reports/2007/egypt1107/egypt1107webwcover.pdf
Abstract:Human Rights Watch and the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights document how officials of Egypt's Ministry of Interior systematically prevent Baha'is and converts from Islam to Christianity from registering their actual religious belief in national identity documents, birth certificates, and other essential papers. They do this based not on any Egyptian law, but on their interpretation of Islamic law, or Sharia. This denial can have far-reaching consequences for the daily lives of those affected, including choosing a spouse, educating one's children, or conducting the most basic financial and other transactions.