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        11/30/2012, Kislev 16, 5773

      Egypt's Constitution Approved, Rights Groups Unhappy


      Egypt's draft constitution, approved in a marathon session that ended on Friday morning and that was boycotted by liberals and Christians, has drawn condemnation from rights groups.

      The following are some of the charters key provisions:

      Article 2: "Islam is the state religion, and Arabic its official language,
      and the principles of Islamic law its primary source of legislation."
       
      Article 11: "The state and society will look after morality and public order, and standards of religious values and education." (Rights activists say this clause, and another that tasks police with preserving public "morality," codifies police intervention in what may be considered un-Islamic conduct).

      Article 31: "Dignity is the right of every human; society and the state undertake its protection, and insulting or slandering a human is not allowed."

      (Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)