November 14, 2013
by Lauren Laing
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 ...[read more]
October 8, 2013
by Theresa Donovan
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 ...[read more]
September 30, 2013
by Max Slater
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 ...[read more]
April 4, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
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- ...[read more]
February 9, 2012
by Meagan McElroy
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 ...[read more]
December 15, 2011
by Meagan McElroy
On December 15, 2004, the European Parliament voted to formally begin discussion of Turkey's accession into the European Union in a non-binding resolution. The EU insisted on close scrutiny of Turkey's progress on improving human rights, religious freedom and women's rights, while Turkey ...[read more]
July 7, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On July 7, 2006, a court in the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg struck down a ban on the wearing of headscarves by female Muslim teachers. The case originated when Baden-Wuerttemberg passed a law in 2004 forbidding "outward expressions that undermine the neutrality of the government or peace ...[read more]
April 4, 2011
by Jennie Ryan
A Dutch court in the Amsterdam district of Haarlem on Monday upheld a ban on Islamic headscarves at Don Bosco College, a Catholic school in Volendam. The court stressed that a prohibition on headscarves is in line with the schools interest in maintaining its Catholic character and held that the ...[read more]
January 24, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On January 24, 2008, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of Turkey and the key opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) agreed to lift a ban on women wearing headscarves in universities and public offices. The agreement was in response to recent calls from Turkish Prime Minister ...[read more]
December 4, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On December 4, 2008, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) unanimously ruled that there was no human rights violation when a French school expelled two students for refusing to remove their hijab, a religious head covering worn by Muslim women. Two French nationals were expelled from school in ...[read more]

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