November 3, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
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 ...[read more]
November 4, 2009
by Jonathan Cohen
The European Court of Human Rights (EHCR) ruled Tuesday that displaying a crucifix in a public school classroom violates the European Convention on Human Rights. The lawsuit was brought against Italy by Soile Lautsi, who claimed that displaying a crucifix infringed the constitutional principl... ...[read more]
May 13, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Secular Turkish judges have warned that amendments to the Turkish constitution proposed by the country's ruling Islamic Justice and Development Party (AKP) that would include restructuring the Constitutional Court are going too far to promote an Islamic agenda. Head of the Council of State, the... ...[read more]
January 9, 2009
by Andrew Morgan
Bangladeshi Law, Justice, and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shafique Ahmed on Thursday declared his government's desire to restore Bangladesh's 1972 constitution. The move signals an intent to return to the four principles of nationalism, democracy, secularism, and socialism that Banglades... ...[read more]
October 26, 2008
by Andrew Wood
Farzana Hassan: The Muslim Canadian Congress, in welcoming the decision of the Constitutional Court of Turkey to disallow the lifting of the ban on hijabs, viewed it as a significant triumph of secularism over repressive Islamist practices. The court recently ruled that amendments to the con... ...[read more]
July 16, 2008
by Andrew Wood
Angela Wu: On June 27, the highest French administrative tribunal rejected a Muslim woman's application for citizenship. Reason: her religious practices and beliefs are not French enough. Faiza Mabchour has been living in France since 2000, she is married to a French citizen, and has thre... ...[read more]
May 14, 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi
Approximately 1.5 million people descended upon Izmir, Turkey Sunday to demonstrate against the Islamist-rooted government of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, expressing their commitment to the concept of a secular republic. The protesters also denounced the Turkish military for its ...[read more]
November 1, 2006
by James M Yoch Jr
A Turkish trial court on Wednesday ruled that retired archaeologist Muazzez Ilmiye Cig violated no criminal law by writing historical accounts of headscarves that offended some Muslims. Cig faced up to 1 1/2 years' imprisonment for insulting religion by postulating in her book that headscarves w... ...[read more]
May 18, 2006
by James M Yoch Jr
Thousands of Turks marched in Ankara on Thursday to denounce the shooting of five judges Wednesday in the Council of State, Turkey's highest administrative court. The judges were shot by an attacker, reported to be a lawyer, who disagreed with a recent ruling made by the court denying a promot... ...[read more]
October 19, 2004
by Amit Patel
Three Sikh students in France who refused to remove their turbans under the country's new law banning religious signs and apparel in schools have brought the first case to take the issue to court. The Sikh community asked an administrative court Tuesday to re-admit the students back into classe... ...[read more]

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