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Egypt: Human Rights

Volume 696: debated on Wednesday 5 December 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether, in the light of the Human Rights Watch report Prohibited Identities: State Interference with Religious Freedom, published in November 2007, they will raise with the Government of Egypt, as well as proposing to the European Union that it should do so via the Egypt–European Union Association Agreement, the matters dealt with in the chapter entitled “Egypt's Baha'is and the Policy of Erasure”. [HL569]

We are concerned about issues identified in the joint Human Rights Watch/Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights report, including the problems arising from Egyptian identity cards that allow one of only three religions to be listed on them.

We raise this regularly with the Egyptian Government, both through the European Union and bilaterally, the last occasion being in September 2007. We will continue to raise this matter and encourage the Egyptian Government to resolve it.