US State Department criticizes conditions of religious minorities in Egypt; praises new church building law

By Egypt Independent

The US State Department published their annual international religious report on the conditions of religious freedom in nearly 200 countries worldwide. According to the report, religious minorities in Egypt still face extreme terrorist threats and sectarian violence.

The report points out that the Egyptian government still refuses to recognize religions, namely Jehovah Witnesses, Mormons and the Baha’is despite the Egyptian constitution of 2014, which states Egyptians are free to follow and exercise any religion.

According to the religious report Muslims, Christians and Jews are the only groups who can exercise their rituals and build houses of worship.