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25 Apr 2011
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court of the Western District of Virginia [official website] has ruled [opinion, PDF] that the Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC) [official website] did not violate the rights of a Muslim inmate by not allowing him to grow a beard. The VDOC grooming policy … [read more]

Legal News
16 Mar 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Tuesday sued [press release] the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) [official website] for unfairly disciplining Sikh inmate Sukhjinder Basra for refusing to trim his beard. The suit also names the state of California and Governor Jerry Brown [official … [read more]

Legal News
8 Feb 2010
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] Sir Mota Singh QC, Britain’s first Asian judge, said in an interview with BBC's Asian Network Monday that Sikhs [JURIST news archive] should be permitted to wear their ceremonial daggers [BBC report] to school and other public places. Sikhism requires that Sikh males wear the ceremonial dagger, known as … [read more]

Legal News
17 Oct 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) [official website] Tuesday revised security procedures relating to headwear [press release], merging procedures involving headwear with the broader category of bulky clothing. The move came less than a week after the TSA and the Sikh Coalition [advocacy website] held a "community meeting" [press … [read more]

Legal News
26 Aug 2007
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] The New York-based Sikh Coalition [advocacy website] Saturday expressed concern [press release] at a new US Transportation and Security Administration [official website] policy that subjects Sikhs to heightened screening procedures at US airports, including mandatory turban pat downs. On Friday TSA officials told the Coalition that in a Guidance … [read more]

Legal News
2 Mar 2006
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] on Thursday unanimously overturned [decision text] a Quebec school board's ban on carrying Sikh ceremonial daggers at school, ruling that it infringed students' religious freedom under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms [text]. Gurbaj Singh, 17, challenged the ban [CHRC factum] … [read more]

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