Members of the police and judges could be allowed to wear the Hijab if a government committee gets its way.
“We must bear to be exposed to other people’s religion, whether we meet an Imam in a hospital corridor or a police officer with Hijab” a committee member told Vårt Land.
Head of the committee, Sturla Stålsett, said that they did not want religious symbols hidden but to welcome religious diversity.
This is a different stance to the French government, which first prohibited wearing of visible religious symbols in public schools in 2004. This was followed by a ban on wearing a Niqab in public five years later.
The committee wants Norway to be “actively supportive of faith and belief policy.”
In 2009, then Minister of Justice Knut Storberget banned Hijab wearing in the police. Socialist Left (SV) Minister of Education discounted a school veto the following year, later contested by the Far-Right Progress Party (FrP).
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