Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Russian Parents Appeal Hijab Ban to Supreme Court

Parents whose children are not allowed to wear Muslim headscarves to school in a southern Russian region have appealed to the Supreme Court, defense lawyer Murad Musayev told RIA Novosti on Monday. The ban on hijabs for pupils in the Stavropol Region came into force last September after local authorities issued a ruling requiring schoolchildren to wear uniforms. The uniform guidelines ban pupils from wearing brightly colored clothes, veils, pants and skirts with a low waistline or high slits, and accessories depicting informal youth group symbols, as well as religious clothing. The appeal was filed on behalf of Muslim families in the Stavropol Region who are seeking to annul the school uniform requirements. A lower court rejected the lawsuit in March.


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