[JURIST] The leading Islamic party in Tajikistan [US State Dept. backgrounder] has criticized the country's recent ban on Islamic headscarves in secular schools [JURIST report]. The Islamic Renaissance Party (IRP) said the ban was unconstitutional and against the interests of a majority of the country, which is more than 90% Muslim. Education minister Abdudjabor Rakhmonov announced the ban on October 19, saying the hijab and other religious symbols [JURIST news archive] were unacceptable in public schools and in violation of the constitution and education laws. Aljazeera has more.
Previously in JURIST's Paper Chase...
- Netherlands considering Muslim burka ban
- Australian PM rejects school headscarf ban
- UK court upholds right to wear Muslim dress in schools
- Danish court allows employer to ban headscarves
- Malaysia court upholds expulsion of students for wearing turbans
- German high court: headscarf ban applies to Christian nuns
- French headscarf ban takes effect