Posted by: becketfund | July 12, 2007

Tajikistan: Government Upholds Ban on Hijabs in Universities

Radio Free Europe reports that a judge in Tajikistan has rejected a student’s legal challenge for her right to wear a hijab on campus at the State Institute of Languages, thus affirming a decision made by the Tajik Ministry of Education to ban the hijab in state schools. Davlatmoh Ismoilova, the student in question, has vowed to continue her battle until all legal avenues are exhausted, though the actions of the Ministry of Education suggest that the ban will remain in place. Last April, Abdujabbor Rahmonov, the Minister of Education, visited the country’s universities and announced that female students would need to choose between wearing the headscarf and obtaining a university education.

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