Egypt adopts dis­puted law on churches

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THE Egyp­tian par­lia­ment has adopted a law on reg­u­lat­ing the con­struc­tion of churches, de­spite op­po­si­tion by some mem­bers of the Chris­tian com­mu­nity.

Egypt’s Copts, the Mid­dle East’s largest Chris­tian mi­nor­ity, have long strug­gled to ob­tain of­fi­cial per­mis­sion to build places of wor­ship.

They find it es­pe­cially dif­fi­cult to erect churches south of Cairo, where even the ru­mour of Chris­tians build­ing one can spark mob vi­o­lence.

The new law stip­u­lates that provin­cial gov­er­nors will be au­tho­rised to is­sue per­mits to build churches and that they must re­spond within four months to each ap­pli­ca­tion.

In the case of re­fusal, the com­mu­nity may ap­peal the de­ci­sion to the ad­min­is­tra­tive court.

The con­struc­tion of churches is still gov­erned by a min­is­te­rial de­cree dat­ing back to 1934. –

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