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Justice-minister in hijab row. Today the Justice Minister withdrew the earlier decision by the Ministry of Justice to permit the wearing of hijabs in the police. Today the Justice Minister Knut Storberget withdrew the earlier decision taken by his own Ministry to permit the wearing of hijabs in the police. On Wednesday it became known that their decision was made public, without him having been informed.A pawn

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Justice-minister in hijab row

Published on Friday, 20th February, 2009 at 16:18 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 27th February 2009 at 10:34.

Today the Justice Minister withdrew the earlier decision by the Ministry of Justice to permit the wearing of hijabs in the police.

Woman in hijab
Woman in hijab
Photo: Naheedence/IStockphoto


Today the Justice Minister Knut Storberget withdrew the earlier decision taken by his own Ministry to permit the wearing of hijabs in the police.

On Wednesday it became known that their decision was made public, without him having been informed.

A pawn

“I feel sorry for him. He appears as a pawn”, the Right’s leader (Høyre) Erna Solberg told NTB (Norwegian Telegram Bureau).

“It’s fine to delegate work assignments to one’s parliamentary secretary, but it shows poor judgement when such a controversial issue is not put before a cabinet minister”, she continued.

Hans Olav Syversen of the Christian Democrats (KrF) agrees with her.

“Storberget has to clear up this issue as quickly as possible and put an end to the debate and any uncertainty. At the moment it appears as though there’s a state of anarchy amongst the Ministry's political leadership”, he says.

Resignation

“Each minister should have control of what happens within his own department”, Jan Arild Ellingsen, The polical spokesman of justice for the Far Right’s (FrP) told TV2. He thinks that Storberget should either resign, or dismiss his staff.

Intense debate

The whole thing started with Keltoum Hasnaoui Missoum from Sandnes sending a letter to the Directorate for police requesting permission to wear her hijab whilst in police uniform. It was when the Directorate’s positive suggestion and the Justice Department’s s decision to follow it was made known, that the “hijab-debate” started “on all channels”.

The resolution to allow the wearing of hijabs provoked strong reactions, but was later annulled. However, according to the opposition, the damage has already been done.

Public opinion has been so strong, that the Department back-peddled, and asked the Directorate to look at it once more.

According to NRK, both the Ministry of Justice and the government will continue with their efforts to recruit more people from ethnic minorities into the police force.




Published on Friday, 20th February, 2009 at 16:18 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 27th February 2009 at 10:34.

This post has the following tags: ministerofjustice, departmentofjustice, hijab, hijabs, police, knutstorberget, christiandemocrats, religion, row.





  
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