Friday, April 07, 2006

Egyptian Baha'is Gain Ground


Just discovered on Baha'i Blog, that an Egyptian Court has ruled that Baha'is have the right to identify themselves as "Baha'is" on official documents! As selection from the article about this positive development is below:

CAIRO, 6 April (IRIN) - Human rights activists have welcomed a landmark ruling by the Administrative Court recognising the right of Egyptian Bahais to have their religion acknowledged on official documents. The decision, announced on 4 April, "sent a strong message that it is the right of every Egyptian citizen to adopt the religion of their choice", said Hossam Bahgat, director of the Egyptian Initiative for Private Rights (EIPR). (Read the whole thing here)

Thank God some good news is coming out of the Middle East for Baha'is who suffered such a long period of persecution. The steadfastness of the Baha'is all over that region who are not yet free to practice their faith is inspiring.