On November 3, 2009, The European Court of Human Rights (EHCR) ruled that displaying a crucifix in a public school classroom violated the European Convention on Human RightsPDF. The lawsuit was brought against Italy by Soile Lautsi, who claimed that displaying a crucifix "infringed the constitutional principles of secularism and of impartiality on the part of the public authorities." Both Italian and Catholic leaders criticized the ruling.
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