Egypt parliament gives government 14 days to draft new Equal Citizenship Law

Published: 1/Nov/2016
Source: Al Ahram (Cairo)

A law drafted by the parliament’s legislative committee is currently barred from discussion upon request of government

Egypt’s House of Representative gave the government a 14-day ultimatum to finish drafting a new Equal Citizenship Law, Al-Ahram Arabic website reported on Monday.

The parliament’s legislative and human rights committees had already drafted a separate Equal Citizenship Law. This draft will not, however, be discussed on the floor for the time being per a request from the Ministry of Justice.

The government’s draft law—prepared by the justice ministry—is awaiting review by the cabinet before it can be sent to parliament, according to ministry representative Samer El-Awady.


A draft law put forward by MP Alaa Abdel-Moneim in June proposed ending the inclusion of religious affiliation on national identification cards.

The June bill also included articles guaranteeing equal opportunity in the workplace, equal opportunity to build places of worship and freedom of religion. It mandated harsher punishments for discrimination and inciting violence against a certain group or people

Read full article on AlAhram website.

Themes: Discrimination, Ethnic/Racial/Religious, Gender
Regions: Egypt
Year: 2016