Posted by: becketfund | December 13, 2007

France: Upholds Turban Ban for Sikh Students

United Sikhs reports that France’s highest court, the Conseil d’Etat, has ruled that the ban on Sikh turbans in French schools was legal. The decision comes three years after three Sikh students were expelled from a high school in Seine-Saint-Denis for wearing the keski, or under-turban, to school, which constituted an “ostensible manifestation of religion”. The court concluded that the students’ permanent expulsion did not constitute “an excessive infringement upon the freedom of thought, conscience and religion” guaranteed in the European Convention of Human Rights, as the French ban was in the interest of secularism and applied to all religious signs, thus rendering it non-discriminatory. To read more about this case and the Becket Fund’s collaboration with United Sikhs in advising the three Sikh schoolboys, click here.

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