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Turkish parliament lifts ban on female lawmakers wearing trousers
November 14, 2013
Turkey's Parliament on Wednesday lifted a ban on female lawmakers wearing trousers in the assembly. Republican People's Party Deputy Safak Pavey brought up the issue last month during a parliamentary debate on women wearing traditional Islamic headscarves in public institutions. Pavey has a prosthet....... [more]

Egypt court adjourns Morsi trial until January
November 4, 2013
The trial of Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi for inciting the murder of several protesters began on Monday but was adjourned until January. According to Egyptian news sources, Morsi rejected the court's authority by refusing to dress in prison clothing and declaring the trial illegitimate, s....... [more]

Turkey ends ban on headscarves for women in civil service
October 8, 2013
Turkey lifted its ban on women wearing traditional Islamic headscarves in public institutions on Tuesday. The official lifting of the ban occurred just eight days after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the change, which is part of a package of human rights reforms that Erdogan p....... [more]

Turkey to end ban on headscarves for women
September 30, 2013
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Monday that Turkey will end a ban on women wearing traditional Islamic headscarves in public institutions. The lifting of the ban is part of a package of human rights reforms that Erdogan proposed, which also include allowing Kurdish language....... [more]

Quebec official proposes bill banning religious headwear for public workers
September 11, 2013
A member of Quebec's separatist Parti Quebecois (PQ) is proposing a bill that would ban government workers from wearing religious clothing on their heads, including turbans, hijabs and kippas. Bernard Drainville, the minister who proposed the bill, which is known as the values charter, said that th....... [more]

Georgia woman filed lawsuit after arrest for wearing headscarf
December 14, 2012
On December 14, 2010, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Georgia filed a lawsuit on behalf of Lisa Valentine, who was arrested in December 2008 for not removing her headscarf (hijab) in court. She refused to remove the headscarf upon entering an Atlanta courtroom, and Judge Keith Rollins f....... [more]

Apple v. Samsung: Injunction-Junction, What's Your Function?
October 4, 2012
JURIST Guest Columnists Natasha Major and Marcus Childs Moore, respectively Class of 2013 and 2012 from Howard University School of Law, analyze the ruling in Apple v. Samsung and argue that granting Apple's request for permanent injunctions against Samsung devices is an unfounded attempt to influen....... [more]

Egypt lifts ban on veiled news anchors
September 3, 2012
Egypt lifted a decades-long ban on veiled female news reporters on Sunday by having Fatma Nabil read the noon news in a headscarf. This broadcast marked the first time a woman appeared on Egyptian state TV wearing a veil in over 50 years. The ban had been perpetuated by previous regimes and had long....... [more]

European Muslims facing discrimination: Amnesty report
April 25, 2012
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday challenged European governments to do more to address discrimination against Muslims, especially in the areas of employment and education. The report states that many women are denied jobs or access to classrooms simply because they are wearing traditional forms....... [more]

Dutch court upheld ban on religious headscarves in Catholic school
April 4, 2012
On April 4, 2011, a Dutch court in Amsterdam upheld a ban on Islamic headscarves at Don Bosco College, a Catholic school in Volendam. The court stated that the school had an interest in maintaining its Catholic character and the ban did not constitute religious discrimination because similar, non-re....... [more]

Turkish parliament formally approved headscarf ban amendment
February 9, 2012
On February 9, 2008, the Grand National Assembly of Turkey passed a constitutional amendment easing the country's ban on Islamic headscarves. The amendment, which had received preliminary approval earlier that week, allowed Muslim women to begin wearing headscarves in universities. Based on concerns....... [more]




WEBSITES

    Hijab [Wikipedia]

    Laicité [Wikipedia]

    Law on religious symbols [Wikipedia]

    Comité Laïcité République [advocacy]

    Islam & laicité [advocacy]

    Assembly for the Protection of Hijab