August 10, 2022
UN committee slams France over school headscarves

UN committee slams France over school headscarves

The UN committee said the move broke the international covenant on civil and political rights.

Geneva:

A UN committee has ruled that France has violated an international rights treaty banning a woman from wearing a head scarf while attending school.

The UN Human Rights Committee said the move broke the international covenant on civil and political rights.

Its decision follows a complaint filed in 2016 by a French citizen born in 1977 whose lawyer does not want his name published.

The woman was in a professional training course for adults in 2010, and had passed an interview and entrance exam.

But the headmaster of Langevin Wallen High School in the southeastern suburbs of Paris refused them entry because of a ban on wearing religious symbols in public educational establishments.

The UN committee said, “barring him from attending a continuing education course by wearing a head scarf is in violation of the treaty on his freedom of religion”.

The committee’s decision was accepted in March but was sent to the woman’s lawyer on Wednesday.

“This is an important decision that shows that France has work to do in terms of human rights, and especially on the issue of respect for religious minorities and the Muslim community in particular,” his lawyer, C├ęphane Guez Guez, told AFP. .

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