AFRICA/EGYPT - A law is being requested against conversions of Christian minors without parental consent

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Cairo (Agenzia Fides) - Coptic Mikel Munir, founder and leader of the political party of liberal character al-Haya, addressed a public appeal to Egyptian authorities to ensure that the personal status law under review, should include a clause that prevents the change of religion for Christians minors without the consent of their parents. In the public appeal, relaunched by Egyptian sources consulted by Agenzia Fides, the political leader said that talks on this delicate point had been initiated by organizations involved in the field of civil rights already with the regime of Hosni Mubarak. The clause would help to put an end to the widespread phenomenon of disappearances of Coptic girls. According to the author of the appeal, the Islamization of minors under the influence of emotional or physical pressure is likely to continue if it is not curbed with appropriate legislation measures. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 22/07/2015)