Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Mock tourism video advertisement highlights discrimination based on religion in Egypt

All Egyptian citizens are required to register their religious affiliation on a computerized national ID card, without which basic services are impossible to access. However, applicants can only choose from three religions: Islam, Christianity, or Judaism. Baha’is and other minority groups are excluded from obtaining the required cards. The ID cards have since sparked much controversy and several unsuccessful lawsuits to change the discriminatory ID card restrictions.

A recent You Tube video highlights the problem for Egypt’s religious minorities in a mock tourism ad. To view the video, click here.

Click here for more background information about ID cards in Egypt.

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