In Egypt, the government decides not to appeal Baha'i decision in religious freedom cases.

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CAIRO, Egypt -- The Egyptian government has decided not to appeal a lower administrative court ruling that cleared the way for Baha'is to obtain proper identification papers.

On 29 January 2008, the Court of Administrative Justice in Cairo upheld arguments made in two cases concerning Baha'is who had sought to restore their full citizenship rights by asking that they be allowed to leave the religious affiliation field blank on official documents.

The deadline for an appeal passed 60 days later, and Egyptian news media reported that the government had decided not to appeal the case, but rather will strive to implement the court's decision, clearing the way for Egyptian Baha'is to obtain official identification cards and other documents.

"We are grateful for the government's decision not to appeal the lower court decision, which came as a much welcomed event for Egyptian Baha'is and others who are concerned about religious freedom," said Bani Dugal, the principal representative of...

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