Egypt: New Lawsuit Challenges Mandatory Premarital Testing
"Instead of implementing public awareness campaigns to encourage voluntary, confidential and regular medical checkups, the government chose to subject citizens to mandatory tests that violate their rights without achieving the purported goals of protecting public health," said Hossam Bahgat, executive director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights and one of the plaintiffs in the court case.
The lawsuit, registered as case number 657/63, requests the court to nullify two decrees issued last August by the ministers of health and justice establishing mandatory testing as a condition for the registration of marriages. The plaintiffs are also requesting a stay to appear before the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) in order to challenge the new policy. If the stay is granted, the SCC will be required to issue a binding decision on the constitutionality of Article 31 (bis) of the Civil Status Law. This new article was included in a bill approved by the Parliament last June introducing amendments to the Child Law and related legislations.
The case brief is available in Arabic on the EIPR's website: www.eipr.org
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