Discrimination Felt by Egyptian Women

March 14, 2008

Egypt’s new Nationality Law of 2004 states that whoever is born of an Egyptian mother is Egyptian. (However, for some children born before 2004) Nobody knows why the Egyptian Ministry of Interior refused to accept their applications for Egyptian citizenship.I am writing in regards to the nationality issue in Egypt as it pertains to Egyptian women marrying Palestinian men.

Egypt’s new Nationality Law No. 154 of 2004 states that whoever is born of an Egyptian mother is Egyptian. This law has applied to all Egyptian women married to non-Egyptian men except the Egyptian women who marry Palestinians.

A child born to an Egyptian woman and Palestinian man after the new nationality law is eligible to receive Egyptian citizenship immediately, but unfortunately the children born to Egyptians and Palestinians before the law have not been granted Egyptian citizenship.

Nobody knows why the Egyptian Ministry of Interior refused to accept their applications for Egyptian citizenship. The question that always arises is why the Ministry of Interior insists on refusing to implement the new nationality law and why doesn’t the new law apply the provisions of the Egyptian judiciary to only women who marry Palestinians. This continues the discrimination against Egyptian women and deprives their children of their constitutional right of access to the nationality of their mothers.

This rejection from the Egyptian Ministry of Interior to give children of Egyptian women their constitutional right to citizenship is a flagrant violation of the Egyptian Constitution and international laws.

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