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European Court of Human Rights: Ban on students wearing religious symbols does not affect their rights

Banning students from wearing religious symbols does not infringe on their rights, the European Court of Human Rights ruled in an appeal by three young Muslim Belgian girls who were banned from wearing headscarves at their school. The three Belgian women attended a public secondary school belonging to the Flemish community, which decided in 2009 to extend to the entire network of schools the ban on visible religious symbols to students. The parents of the three Belgian girls unsuccessfully appealed to the Belgian justice system with the request to declare this ban illegal, considering that the measure goes against the freedom of religion. An appeal was filed with the European Court of Human Rights in November 2020. Before the Strasbourg Court, the three Belgian women, who are now 20 years old, argued that this ban violates their rights as guaranteed by articles 8 (right to respect for private and family life), 9 (freedom of thought, conscience and religious freedom), 10 […]
Source: News Beast

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