The Administrative Court today accepted the case filed by lawyer Naguib Gabrail, Head of the Egyptian Union for Human Rights, in which he demands that the religion box be removed from national ID cards. The Administrative Court referred the case to the State Commissioners Authority for expert legal advice.
Mr Gabrail explained that citing a person’s religion on national ID cards is often exploited as a means of religion based discrimination, more often than not leading to sectarian tension. He argued that if a person’s religious identity needs to be known for purposes relating to family or inheritance laws for instance, it can be known through a barcode on the national ID card or through the person’s birth certificate.
25 October 2021