State Interference with Religious Freedom
In this 98-page report, Human Rights Watch and the EIPR document how Ministry of Interior officials systematically prevent Baha’is and converts from Islam 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.
- Prohibited Identities
- I. Summary and Introduction
- II. Recommendations
- III. Religious and National Identity in Egypt
- IV. Egypt's Baha'is and the Policy of Erasure
- V. Conversion and Freedom of Religion
- VI. No Return: Official Obstacles to Re-converting to Christianity
- VII. In the Name of the Father: Involuntary "Conversions"
- VIII. Freedom of Religion and Human Rights Law
- About This Report
- Appendix: Human Rights Watch Letters to the Egyptian Minister of Interior on National ID Cards