To the government of Egypt
Implement the recommendation of the government-created National
Council for Human Rights to eliminate the requirement to list religion on
official identification documents.
immediate steps to ensure that any required religious identity in the
Civil Registry, and any religious identity that the government continues
to require on essential identification documents, accurately reflect an
individual's actual religious belief, whatever that belief may be, without
unfavorable civil or criminal consequences and in accordance with Egypt's
obligations to respect the rights to freedom of religion under Egyptian
and international law.
any persons who were criminally convicted for having obtained forged
identity documents solely because of the government's refusal to allow
them to identify themselves as converts from Islam.
officials of the Ministry of Interior to cease pressuring individuals to
convert to Islam or to accept an official religious identity against their
wishes, and discipline officials who engage in such unacceptable
media and public awareness campaigns, with participation from civil
society, to promote religious tolerance and equal citizenship rights, and
clarify that changing one's religion from Islam or publicly adhering to a
religion other than Islam, Christianity, or Judaism should have no
punitive civil or criminal consequences.
laws and other appropriate measures to fulfill the international legal
obligation to uphold the rights of all individuals against discrimination,
including on the basis of religion and belief. Ensure that individuals
whose rights to freedom of religion or belief are violated shall have an
the request, standing since 2005, of the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom
of religion and belief to conduct a mission to Egypt to assess the situation
of religious freedoms and formulate recommendations for combating
religious discrimination and intolerance.