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Legal News
14 Nov 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] Turkey's Parliament [official website] on Wednesday lifted a ban on female lawmakers wearing trousers in the assembly. Republican People's Party Deputy Safak Pavey [Huffington Post backgrounder] brought up the issue last month during a parliamentary debate on women wearing traditional Islamic headscarves in public institutions. Pavey has a prosthethic … [read more]


Legal News
8 Oct 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] Turkey lifted its ban on women wearing traditional Islamic headscarves in public institutions on Tuesday. The official lifting of the ban occurred just eight days after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [official website, in Turkish; JURIST news archive] announced the change, which is part of a package of … [read more]


Legal News
30 Sep 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [official website, in Turkish; JURIST news archive] announced [press release] on Monday that Turkey will end a ban on women wearing traditional Islamic headscarves in public institutions. The lifting of the ban is part of a package of human rights reforms [ABC News … [read more]


Professional Commentary
21 Jan 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Allison Jernow of the International Commission of Jurists argues that recent court decisions reflect inconsistency in weighing marriage equality and religious freedom...Claims that same-sex marriage is on a collision course with religious freedom have dominated the headlines (The New York Times and The Washington Post) in the … [read more]


Legal News
25 Apr 2012
by Jamie Reese

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Monday challenged European governments to do more to address discrimination against Muslims [report, PDF], especially in the areas of employment and education. The report states that many women are denied jobs or access to classrooms simply because they are wearing traditional forms of … [read more]


Legal News
4 Apr 2011
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] A Dutch court in the Amsterdam district of Haarlem on Monday upheld [CGB press release, in Dutch] a ban on Islamic headscarves [JURIST news archive] at Don Bosco College [academic website, in Dutch], a Catholic school in Volendam. The court stressed that a prohibition on headscarves is in line … [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
19 Jul 2010
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] Syrian Minister of Education [official website, in Arabic] Ghiath Barakat issued a directive [Syria News report, in Arabic] Sunday forbidding students and teachers at universities from wearing the niqab [JURIST news archive]. The ban applies to both public and private universities, but only affects full-face veils [AP report] and … [read more]


Professional Commentary
19 Jul 2010

Serkan Yolcu [Uludag University Faculty of Law]: "On Wednesday July 7, 2010, the Turkish media was unexpectedly informed by the press office of Constitutional Court that the Court made its eagerly anticipated judgment on the constitutional amendment package that has been on the agenda for months. After 9.5 hours of … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2010
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] A Belgian parliamentary committee voted unanimously Wednesday to ban the Islamic burqa [JURIST news archive] and other "full veils" from being worn in public. The proposed legislation [materials, in French] applies to areas "accessible to the public" or areas meant for "public use or to provide public services." Violators … [read more]


Legal News
8 Mar 2010
by Steve Dotterer

[JURIST] The top rights official at the Council of Europe [official website] on Monday rejected [press release] the notion of banning Muslim burqa [JURIST news archive] and niqab garments. Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg [official profile] noted in a written statement [text] marking International Women's Day [official website]: Those … [read more]


Legal News
23 Feb 2010
by Gabriela Forbes

[JURIST] The French branch of the Arab Women's Solidarity Association (AWSA) [advocacy website] initiated proceedings [AFP report, in French] Sunday against the participation of a 'veiled' candidate in the upcoming French regional elections, following the dismissal of its initial legal action. The candidate, Ilham Moussaid, represents the New Anticapitalist Party … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2010
by Jonathan Cohen

[JURIST] Imam Hassen Chalghoumi of Paris gave his support Friday to a proposed law that would ban wearing the burqa [JURIST news archive] or niqab in public. In an interview [text, in French] with Le Parisien, Chalghoumi said that the full veil is not a part of French culture and … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jan 2010
by Amelia Mathias

[JURIST] The leader of France's conservative party introduced legislation [press release, in French] Tuesday to the National Assembly [official website, in French] that would ban wearing of the burqa [JURIST news archive] in public and make it punishable by 750 euros. Jean-Francois Cope [official profile, in French], leader of the … [read more]


Legal News
17 Dec 2009
by Amelia Mathias

[JURIST] The leader of France's conservative party, the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) [party website, in French] announced Wednesday that he will introduce legislation banning the burqa [JURIST news archive] in public. Jean-Francois Cope's announcement [Le Figaro report, in French] comes at the end of a six-month investigation by … [read more]


Legal News
14 Nov 2009
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] French National Assembly representative Andre Gerin [official websites, in French] said Friday that the country will formally oppose the wearing of burqas [JURIST news archive], but is unlikely to pursue legislation [press release, in French] to ban the garment. Gerin is the head of a special commission [materials, in … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2009
by Ximena Marinero

[JURIST] A Spanish lawyer said Wednesday that she has filed a complaint with the General Council of the Judiciary [official website, in Spanish] alleging abuse of power and discrimination after a National Court judge asked her to leave the courtroom for declining to remove her hijab, or Muslim headscarf [JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
16 Oct 2009
by Ximena Marinero

[JURIST] The French Constitutional Court [official website, in French] on Wednesday struck down [decision, in French] two articles in a small and medium enterprise (SME) access to credit law that would have legalized Islamic law compliant financial instruments in France. Socialist Party (PS) [party website, in French] members of the … [read more]


Legal News
11 Sep 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Belgian school officials announced Friday that Muslim headscarves [JURIST news archive] will be banned in about 700 schools in the Dutch-speaking northern region of Flanders. The move came after an administrative tribunal ruled Tuesday that individual schools could not impose a ban [AFP report] in response to complaints after … [read more]


Legal News
26 Aug 2009
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] The Michigan Supreme Court [official website] has permitted lower courts to use "reasonable control" over the appearance of those who arrive in court, effectively allowing judges to ban certain religious clothing. In an order [text, PDF] issued Tuesday, the court amended the Michigan Rules of Evidence [text, PDF], motivated … [read more]

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