Egypt: Supreme Administrative Court Moves to Consider Religious Conversion Cases
The lower Court of Administrative Justice had last April decided that Christian converts to Islam who have reverted to Christianity were not entitled to identity cards and other official documents recognizing their Christian religious affiliation. Identity documents are mandatory for all citizens and necessary for education, employment, marriage, inheritance and other essential aspects of everyday life. Twelve of the plaintiffs in these cases appealed the decisions before the SAC.
In today's decision the Appeals Inspection Chamber rejected the Interior Ministry's plea to dismiss the appeal and referred the matter to the First Circuit of the SAC which will consider a decision on the merits of the case.
The EIPR had intervened in all of the twelve cases in support of the appellants and their legal defense teams.
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