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Systematic Discrimination: Christians Under Egyptian Rule

Systematic Discrimination: Christians Under Egyptian Rule

Country: 
Egypt
News Date: 
30/07/2019
Lancastrian
Summary: 

Coptic Solidarity (CS), an international human rights organization  to ameliorating the plight of Egypt's indigenous inhabitants—the Christian Copts—recently published a comprehensive  on why the Egyptian government systematically discriminates against its Christian citizens: in a word, shari'a, or Islamic law. According to CS:

The Egyptian Constitution guarantees freedom of religion and criminalized discrimination based on religion. Yet, the second article of the Constitution states that "Islam is the religion of the state...and the principles of Islamic shari'a are the main sources of legislation." These statements are antithetical since shari'a repudiates religious freedom. Since it is founded on the non-equality between a Believer (a Muslim) and a Non-believer (and also between men and women), it actually proscribes discrimination and persecution of minority faiths. The Egyptian government cannot implement contradictory principles. Since all the constitutional articles are to be interpreted in light of and in submission to Article 2, shari'a always takes precedence and is the primary form of institutionalized discrimination by the Egyptian government (emphasis added).