French headscarf ban no discrimination, says European rights court

Friday, December 5, 2008
STRASBOURG: Europe's top rights court ruled Thursday that a French school ban on headscarves was not a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights.In a case involving two French Muslim girls who had been expelled from school after refusing to remove their scarves during sports classes, the European Court of Human Rights held unanimously that the decision did not discriminate.The applicants, Belgin Dogru and Esma-Nur Kervanci, are French nationals who were born in 1987 and 1986...