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European Parliament resolution of 15 November 2007

 on serious events which compromise Christian communities' existence and those of other religious communities

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The European Parliament ,

–   having regard to Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) of 1948,

EIPR
 

 

Press Release- 12 November 2007

Egypt: Allow Citizens to List Actual Religion on ID Cards  

End Discrimination, Harassment of Baha’is, Converts From Islam

(Cairo, November 12, 2007) – Egypt should allow all citizens to use their actual religious identity when required to list religion on government documents, Human Rights Watch and the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) said today. The government’s discriminatory practice of restricting identity to three religions, directed at Baha’is and preventing converts from Islam from listing their true belief, violate many rights and cause immense hardship.

        

Egypt

International Religious Freedom Report 2007
Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

The Constitution provides for freedom of belief and the practice of religious rites, although the Government places restrictions on these rights in practice. Islam is the official state religion and Shari'a (Islamic law) is the primary source of legislation; religious practices that conflict with the Government's interpretation of Shari'a are prohibited. Members of non-Muslim religious minorities officially recognized by the Government generally worship without harassment and maintain links with coreligionists in other countries; however, members of religious groups that are not recognized by the Government, particularly the Baha'i Faith, experience personal and collective hardship.

'Christian' nations more free, report says

WASHINGTON (BP)—Countries with Christian roots are the most religiously free domains in the world, according to the Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute in a forthcoming report.

The Application of the Apostasy Law in the World Today:

"We always remind those who want to convert to Islam that they enter through a door but there is no way out".[1]
Since modernization first impacted the Muslim world following Western imperialism and its imposition of secular laws and education systems, there have been tensions between Muslim conservatives and liberal intellectuals. Early reformers tried to reconcile Islam with modernity using the flexible principles of reason and the public good to reinterpret shari'ah along modern lines. Contemporary liberals argue that shari'ah laws are human interpretations of the eternally fixed principles of Islam, so they can be changed to fit modern contexts. It is only the basic principles that are immutable.

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USCRIF Report about Egypt 2007

Egypt

Serious problems of discrimination, intolerance, and other human rights violations against members of religious minorities, as well as non-conforming Muslims, remain widespread in Egypt. Over the past few years, the Egyptian government has adopted several measures toacknowledge the religious pluralism of Egypt’s society, including increased efforts in promoting interfaith activity. Yet the government has not taken sufficient steps to halt repression of and discrimination against religious believers, including the indigenous Coptic Orthodox Christians,or, in many cases, to punish those responsible for violence or other severe violations of religiousfreedom.

 

Egypt

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Country Reports on Human Rights Practices  - 2006
Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
March 6, 2007

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Egypt: International Religious Freedom Report 2006

Released by the US Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

Egypt: International Religious Freedom Report 2006

Remarks by Commissioner Elizabeth Prodromou Human Right Caucus 

Before the Congressional Human Rights Caucus Of the United States House of Representatives

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

تقرير الدكتور جمال العطيفى * عن أحداث الخانكة الطائفية 1972

تقرير الدكتور جمال العطيفى *
رئيس لجنة تقصي الحقائق خول الحداث الطئفية في مركز الخانكة 1972

USCIRF ANNUAL REPORT 2006 

Report: for year 2006 is the most condemning to the Egyptian government policies in cutailing freedoms. For full details please read:

Full report


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