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Tajik Islamic party criticizes school headscarf ban

[JURIST] The leading Islamic party in Tajikistan [US State Dept. backgrounder] has criticized the country's recent ban on Islamic headscarves in secular schools [JURIST report]. The Islamic Renaissance Party (IRP) said the ban was unconstitutional and against the interests of a majority of the country, which is more than 90% Muslim. Education minister Abdudjabor Rakhmonov announced the ban on October 19, saying the hijab and other religious symbols [JURIST news archive] were unacceptable in public schools and in violation of the constitution and education laws. Aljazeera has more.

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