EU's human rights court endorses Turkish headscarf ban
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Leyla Sahin brought her case to the court in 1998 after being excluded from classes for wearing an Islamic headscarf. She contended that the ban discriminated against her and denied her right to an education.
The court ruled that Turkish law was consistent with the Human Rights and with the protection of women's rights in general.on
The ban was reasonable as a measure to help maintain Turkey as, the court ruled. It argued: "When examining the question of the Islamic headscarf in the Turkish context, there had to be borne in mind the impact which wearing such a symbol, which was presented or perceived as a compulsory religious duty, may have on those who chose not to wear it."
The ruling will impact over 1,000 other similar cases brought by Muslim women in the country.
- "Court backs Turkish headscarf ban" — , November 10, 2005
- "TURKEY: EU HUMAN RIGHTS COURT UPHOLDS HEADSCARF BAN" — , November 10, 2005
- Stephen Castle. "Strasbourg Court backs Turkey's headscarf ban" — , November 11, 2005