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Tajikistan bans Muslim headscarves from secular schools

[JURIST] Tajikistan's Education Ministry on Friday banned female Muslim students from wearing headscarves in secular schools. Education Minister Abdudjabor Rakhmonov said wearing the hajib, a traditional Muslim head covering, violates the country's constitution and education laws. Tajikistan is a secular nation but 90 percent of its citizens are Muslims. France enacted a similar ban in 2004 [JURIST report], which drew strong criticism [JURIST report] but was characterized as successful [JURIST report] by French officials in integrating students. A Dutch employment commission recently took up the case of a Muslim woman who says she was not hired for a job because she refused to wear a headscarf [JURIST report]. AP has more.

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