Freedom of Religion





Italy: Trainee lawyer ejected over Muslim veil

An Italian judge of the Regional Administrative Court (TAR) of Emilia Romagna, demanded today a young lawyer of Moroccan origin to shed the veil that covered her head to participate in a public hearing. In front of the demand of the president of the second section of the TAR, Giancarlo Mozzarelli, based on the obligation […]

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Country: Italy
Source: Prensa Latina




Headscarf ban in the workplace ‘not discriminatory’: Sweden’s Discrimination Ombudsman

A uniform policy by Scandinavian airline SAS banning staff who deal directly with customers from wearing religious symbols like headscarves does not breach anti-discrimination laws, Sweden’s Discrimination Ombudsman (DO) has judged. The policy first made headlines in April 2017, when a woman who had gone through the interview process for a job with the company […]

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Country: Sweden
Source: The Local





Austria: Education minister to ban hijab for school teachers

Recent remarks by Austria’s newly appointed Education Minister Heinz Fassmann against the headscarf have raised concerns for Muslims living in the country. Fassmann’s interview published in local Kurier newspaper on Friday quoted him saying “teachers should not wear a headscarf.” When asked about his opinion on the headscarf ban, Fassmann said: “Yes, I have a […]

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Country: Austria
Source: The Muslim News




France to ‘prevent’ Muslims from praying on streets after shutting down mosque

Muslims in the northern multiethnic Parisian suburb of Clichy-la-Garenne will not be permitted to pray on the streets, the French interior minister said. “They [Muslims] will not have prayers on the street, we will prevent street praying,” Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told Questions Politics on Sunday. Muslims have held Friday prayers on the streets since […]

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Country: France
Source: Yeni Şafak




UK: Hijab-wearing primary girls to be questioned

Britain’s primary school inspectors will question girls who wear the Muslim headscarf at school, the head of the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) and the chief inspector of schools, Amanda Spielman, said. She explained the move was to tackle situations in which wearing a hijab “could be interpreted as sexualisation” of school children. Spielman’s […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: Anadolu Agency




Denmark discusses ban on ‘Muslim beard’ ahead of elections

Doctors sporting full beards should not be allowed to practice in Danish hospitals, the right-wing Danish People’s Party has said, arguing voluminous facial hair is a clear manifestation of Islamic faith. The comments caused a huge social media backlash. The idea was recently floated by Henrik Thorup, a top Danish People’s Party (DF) candidate in […]

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Country: Denmark
Source: RT



Tennessee teacher suspended for posting Snapchat video of student having hijab removed

A teacher has been suspended after removing a pupil’s hijab headscarf in front of her classmates. Footage was posted to Snapchat at a school in Nashville in the United States, with the use of the caption “pretty hair”. Other children in the footage can be seen playing with the girl’s hair, while a second video goes under […]

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Country: United States
Source: Mirror




Muslim clerics convicted after funeral row

A court in Thessaloniki on Monday handed suspended seven-month prison sentences to two Muslim clerics after they took over prayers at a funeral service from a state-appointed preacher. The two men were found guilty of disturbing a religious ceremony and usurping authority but their terms were suspended and they were released. Greek law dictates the […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Ekathimerini




Headscarf row: German university lecturer ‘humiliates’ Muslim

Professor Gisela Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet has been accused of “discrimination” after asking everyone at the University of Würzburg lecture to take off their headwear. The professor argued this should include the Muslim woman, because the lecture hall was a secular space. But she says she did not insist that the headscarf be removed. Instead, a university spokesman […]

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Country: Germany
Source: BBC




French parents investigated after naming child ‘Jihad’

A couple is being investigated in France after calling their son “Jihad”. The boy was born at the beginning of August in the city of Toulouse. The registrar responsible for recording the birth certificate then passed the information onto local prosecutors. French law allows parents freedom to choose any name which is not considered harmful […]

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Country: France
Source: Euronews