30. Christian employee dismissed after she insisted on writing ’’Christian’’ in the ID religion data of a Coptic woman who converted to Islam

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A Christian employee at the Civil Registry was accused of manipulating data to ignite sectarian strife after she wrote ’’Christian’’ on the identity card of a Coptic woman who had converted to Islam.

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After her conversion to Islam in 1988, Amānī Ghālī Maḥrūs who then named herself Amānī Muhammad Khālid, returned to Christianity due to the harsh pressure she was under. Later, she decided to convert back to Islam and keep her name from before her conversion [Amānī Ghālī Maḥrūs].

Although the Civil Registry data states that Maḥrūs is Muslim, Sahar ‘Ajāybī Mitrī, a Christian employee at the Civil Registry, issued a birth certificate that states that she is Christian. Accordingly, Maḥrūs issued an identity card that states that Maḥrūs is a Christian.

The head of the research branch of the Civil Status Authority in Upper Egypt decided to dismissMitrī accusing her of manipulating civil registry data in order to ignite sectarian strife. He also submitted a request to the public prosecution to investigate the incident.

During the investigation, Mitrī said that Maḥrūs did not submit the form that would verify her religion and that the regulations stipulate that the registration of a person’s religion shall correspond to their father’s religion.

Although Mitrī was acquitted of the forgery charges due to insufficient evidence, the head of the authority in which Mitrī works insisted on dismissing her anyway which prompted her to contact the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights [EOHR, see: http://www.eohr.org/].

Counselor Najīb Jabrā’īl, head of EOHR, defended Mitrī and said that no employee was dismissed when a priest at al-Sayidah al-‘Azrā’ Miriam in Misr al-Qadīmah was registered as a Muslim on his identity card although he was wearing a priest’s clothing in the photo on the identity card.

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