Posted by: becketfund | September 19, 2007

Turkey: Officials Call for an End to Headscarf Ban

Agence France-Presse reports that both Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Prime Minister of Turkey, and President Abdullah Gul, have recently called for an end to the ban on Islamic headscarves in Turkish universities. Both men, whose female relatives choose to wear the headscarf, have said this is a necessary step to ensure that women are not forced to forego education in the country should they choose to wear a headscarf. Many have criticized the move, with the Turkish Higher Education Board stating that the headscarf ban is a legal situation that is impossible to change.

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