To pursue higher education, youth in Egypt are required to annually request a postponement for conscription from the Ministry of Defence. Securing a postponement requires National ID cards, and as Baha’is in Egypt are still denied their right to identification papers, tens of Baha’i youth are prevented from continuing their education.

Yesterday, Dr. Basma Moussa, an Egyptian Baha’i activist, wrote to update us on the case of university student Nabil Al Hamamsy. In 2007, a court had ruled that he should be allowed to resume his education, but the ruling was challenge by the Ministry of Defence.

However, the challenge was rejected, but implementation of the ruling may be hindered by an appeal launched by the Ministry of Defence.