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Legal News
1 Jun 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 8-1 Monday in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. [SCOTUSblog materials] in favor of a Muslim woman who was denied a job at Abercrombie & Fitch [corporate website]. The question before the court was whether an employer … [read more]


Legal News
25 Feb 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments on Wednesday in two cases. In Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. [docket], the court heard arguments [transcript, PDF] on whether an employer can be liable [questions presented, PDF] under Title VII [text] of the Civil … [read more]


Legal News
11 Sep 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] A member of Quebec's separatist Parti Quebecois (PQ) [party website, in French] is proposing a bill that would ban government workers from wearing religious clothing on their heads, including turbans, hijabs and kippas. Bernard Drainville [official profile], the minister who proposed the bill, which is known as the values … [read more]


Legal News
12 Sep 2011
by John Paul Putney

[JURIST] A South African court on Monday found the controversial African National Congress (ANC) [party website; NYT backgrounder] Youth League President Julius Malema [BBC profile] guilty [ruling, text] of hate speech for singing the apartheid-era protest song "Shoot the Boer." Boer is the Afrikaans word for farmer and broadly refers … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jun 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Dutch politician Geert Wilders [personal website; JURIST news archive] was acquitted of all charges [judgment text, in Dutch] on Thursday, the court finding his anti-Islam statements were not hate speech or discriminatory. Wilders has made several "anti-Islam" comments as a political official, including: several comments similar to "I don't … [read more]


Legal News
16 Mar 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] reinstated [opinion, PDF] a lawsuit on Tuesday, allowing a Muslim woman to sue several government parties for forcing her to remove her religious headscarf [JURIST news archive] while detained in a holding cell. Souhair Khatib argued that being … [read more]


Professional Commentary
2 Mar 2011

Farzana Hassan [Author, Women's rights activist]: "Much of the Arab world is in turmoil. The Shia majority in the tiny island kingdom of Bahrain has suffered years of oppression by the ruling Sunni minority and is now demanding freedom. The citizens of newly liberated Egypt and Tunisia suffered economic hardship … [read more]


Legal News
15 Dec 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia (ACLUGA) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] Tuesday on behalf of a Muslim woman who was arrested for refusing to remove her headscarf [JURIST news archive], or hijab, in court. Lisa Valentine was arrested in December 2008 and ordered … [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
8 May 2010

Christina Abraham [Civil Rights Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) -Illinois] "In a feat of apologetic acrobatics, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rendered a decision [PDF file] in Khatib v. County of Orange affirming a district court's dismissal of a complaint under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons … [read more]


Legal News
4 May 2010
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that a Muslim woman's religious rights were not violated by police officers when she was forced to remove her religious headscarf [JURIST news archive] while being detained in a holding cell. Souhair Khatib had … [read more]


Legal News
30 Apr 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] on Thursday dismissed [opinion and order, PDF] a lawsuit against a Michigan judge who ordered a Muslim woman to remove her headscarf [JURIST news archive] in court. The suit [complaint, PDF] was filed in … [read more]


Legal News
30 Apr 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] on Thursday dismissed [opinion and order, PDF] a lawsuit against a Michigan judge who ordered a Muslim woman to remove her headscarf [JURIST news archive] in court. The suit [complaint, PDF] was filed in … [read more]


Legal News
19 Apr 2010
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Monday encouraged the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) [official website, in Arabic; GlobalSecurity backgrounder] states to address continuing rights issues [press release], including women's rights, treatment of migrant workers, statelessness, and freedoms of expression, association, and assembly. In … [read more]


Legal News
4 Mar 2010
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] Women's rights and opportunities have increased in nearly all Middle Eastern and North African countries over the last five years, but women in those countries still face many obstacles in achieving equality, according to a Freedom House [advocacy website] report [materials] released Wednesday. The report found that in general, … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jan 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Sunday upheld a ban against wearing the niqab [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], or full-face veil, while taking university examinations. The Cairo Administrative Court dismissed a lawsuit [National report] filed by 55 niqab-wearing university students challenging the ban, which was put in place by the … [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
7 Nov 2009
by Ximena Marinero

[JURIST] Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said Friday that Italy is not bound by last week's European Court of Human Rights (EHCR) [official website] ruling [judgment, in French; JURIST report] that displaying crucifixes in a public school classroom violates the European Convention on Human Rights [text, PDF]. Berlusconi's remarks were … [read more]


Legal News
28 Oct 2009
by Megan McKee

[JURIST] The Kuwaiti Constitutional Court [official website, in Arabic] ruled Wednesday that female lawmakers are not required to wear the hijab [JURIST news archive], or traditional Muslim headscarf. The ruling was in response to a petition brought by four voters seeking to invalidate the election of two of the four … [read more]


Legal News
22 Oct 2009
by Ximena Marinero

[JURIST] The Kuwaiti Constitutional Court ruled Tuesday that a 1962 law requiring a woman's male guardian to grant her permission to obtain a passport is unconstitutional. The court found [Kuwait Times report] that the article in the Personal Status Law that required a woman to obtain the approval of her … [read more]

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