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New Egyptian constitution gives greater freedom to Christians

By Carey Lodge, Christian Today

Barnabas Fund has given thanks in its prayer update for a new draft of the Egyptian constitution that grants additional rights to Christians and marks a significant move away from the fundamental Islamic laws that have dominated in the past.

The organisation said the new draft was "good news" for the country's Christians, who have suffered a wave of attacks since the revolution in 2011.

First written during the rule of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, the previous constitution threatened basic human rights, in particular the freedom of religion. The situation has been aggravated by the fact that Egypt is currently struggling with a weakened and unstable political system.

Concerns over the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in Egypt have grown in recent months, with a congressional hearing recently being held in the US to discuss the escalation of human rights abuses.

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