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Czech appeals court upholds hijab ban at a school

Wednesday September 20, 2017

FILE - A girl wearing a hijab is seen attending school. Citing no evidence of discrimination, a Czech court has ruled against a Somali nursing school who challenged a school policy against hijabs.

PRAGUE, Czech Republic — A Czech appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that went against a Somali student who accused a nursing school of discrimination because she wears a hijab.

Ayan Jamaal Ahmednuur demanded an apology and 60,000 koruna (US$2,750) in compensation but the Prague 10 district court ruled in January there was no evidence of discrimination.

Ahmednuur appealed but Prague’s Municipal Court ruled on Tuesday that the school didn’t discriminate against her.

Czech law doesn’t ban headscarves in general but the court said Ahmednuur has no right to defy the rules set by the school.

The case attracted numerous anti-Muslim activists, who applauded the verdict.

The verdict is final.


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