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Education minister discounts school hijab ban. Prohibition would be a breach of human rights. Kristin Halvorsen, the Socialist Left’s (SV) Minister of Education, says the government will not be imposing a ban on wearing a hijab in school. The Ministry of Justice’s own judicial department have now assessed the legal ramifications, and found it would contravene freedom of religion and Norway’s other international commitments.

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Education minister discounts school hijab ban

Published on Tuesday, 23rd March, 2010 at 15:26 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 23rd March 2010 at 18:52.

Prohibition would be a breach of human rights.

Kristin Halvorsen, Minister of Education
Halvorsen: "It would be discriminatory"Kristin Halvorsen, Minister of Education
Photo: Eivind/Wikimedia Commons


Kristin Halvorsen, the Socialist Left’s (SV) Minister of Education, says the government will not be imposing a ban on wearing a hijab in school.

The Ministry of Justice’s own judicial department have now assessed the legal ramifications, and found it would contravene freedom of religion and Norway’s other international commitments.

“I believe the legal department’s evaluation shows that a veto against hijabs alone would be both discriminatory, and in contravention of human rights,” she says in a press release.

The Minister goes on to say that Norway’s Education Act neither provides for a general ban on hijabs, nor on religious clothing.

Although the European Court of Human Rights has allowed prohibiting hijabs in some countries, it only applies where there is a fundamental distinction between state and religion.

Banning hijabs and other religious clothing has been a hotly-debated cross-party political issue recently; with the Far Right Progress Party (FrP) suggesting Norway also impose a ban on minarets.




Published on Tuesday, 23rd March, 2010 at 15:26 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 23rd March 2010 at 18:52.

This post has the following tags: hijabs, children, schools, kristin, halvorsen, sv, socialist, left, far-right, frp, progress, party.





  
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