Czech Court Stays School Hijab Ban

Czech Court Stays School Hijab BanCzech Court Stays School Hijab Ban

A Czech court has rejected a discrimination suit filed by a Somali refugee who was banned from wearing her headscarf in a nursing school, the first case of its kind in the European Union state. “The suit, which the plaintiff lodged seeking an apology and 60,000 crowns ($2,350) in compensation, was rejected,” said Justice Daniela Cejkova, handing down the verdict in a Prague court on Friday, Aljazeera reported. Ayan Nuur filed a lawsuit against the school after she was not allowed to attend while wearing a headscarf. The school argued that the young woman had never formally enrolled in the establishment.  Ivanka Kohoutova, the school’s principal, also argued that wearing a scarf covering the hair, ears and neck, and revealing only the face “contravened its safety and hygiene standards”. Nuur, who was granted asylum in the Czech Republic in 2011, did not attend the trial, but was represented by her lawyer. The Czech Republic has a population of 10.5 million people, with a Muslim community of 10,000 to 20,000 members. It has no law covering the wearing of religious garments.


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