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Sikh News [French Ban] Secularism Unwrapped

Jun 1, 2004
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Would the French law banning the wearing of religious apparel or symbols by students in State-run schools infringe the right to freedom of religion? The French law, which bans large crosses, Jewish skull caps, Sikh turbans as well as Muslim headscarves, is in effect since this month and promises an interesting legal battle in the light of France’s international treaty obligations.

International law recognises the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion in diverse documents. Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 9 of the European Convention, Article 12 of the US Convention and article 8 of the African Charter all echo the same sentiment.

Barring the last, all other clauses specifically mention the right “to manifest his religion of belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance”. Would Sikh turbans be a clear manifestation of religion and belief?

Full Article... http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1018814,00120002.htm
 

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