By Noha Medhat
An Egyptian MP is proposing a new civil rights law that will abolish the necessity of stating an Egyptian citizen’s religion on her or his national ID card, as well as all official identity documents.
On Wednesday, Alaa Abd El-Moneim, who is the spokesperson for the Egyptian parliamentary coalition “Support Egypt,” presented the proposal that aims to use legislative authority to prevent all forms of discrimination in Egyptian society, according to Al-Masry Al-Youm.
Moneim argued that there is no practical reason for stating an Egyptian citizen’s religion in the public sphere. He said that religious affiliation should only be disclosed when legal consequences are involved, such as in the cases of making arrangements for marriage and inheritance.
He added that equality and non-discrimination are two of the main foundations of the rule of law, and that all organizations, whether public or private, should be held accountable for any breaches of those principles. He considers mandating the disclosure of religion in official identity documents to be such a breach.
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