[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.
Previously in JURIST's Paper Chase...
- Netherlands considering Muslim burka ban
- Australian PM rejects school headscarf ban
- UK court upholds right to wear Muslim dress in schools
- Danish court allows employer to ban headscarves
- Malaysia court upholds expulsion of students for wearing turbans
- German high court: headscarf ban applies to Christian nuns
- French headscarf ban takes effect