Posted by: becketfund | June 11, 2007

France: Complaint on Behalf of Sikh Filed at ECHR

BBC News reports that a complaint has been filed at the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of a French Sikh, Shingara Mann Singh, who has been repeatedly refused a driver’s license due to his insistence upon wearing his turban in his photo. Mr. Singh, represented by United Sikhs, had his license stolen from him two years ago, but French authorities have refused him a new one unless he agrees to remove his turban, a sign of faith, for the photo. Since France’s ban on religious headwear went into effect in 2004, several Sikhs have suffered for refusing to remove their turbans, with some students being expelled from state schools.

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