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Swiss canton to vote on banning face coverings

Swiss canton to vote on banning face coverings

Posted: Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:43

The people of the Swiss canton of Ticino, which lies in the South on the Italian border, are to vote in a referendum on Sunday on whether to ban face coverings.

France considers banning religious symbols in universities

France considers banning religious symbols in universities

Posted: Tue, 06 Aug 2013 14:44

A French Government-funded research institute is recommending that the wearing of religious symbols should be banned in the country's universities to ease "escalating religious tensions in all areas of university life."

‘Reasonable accommodation’ debate rages in Canada over football turban ban

‘Reasonable accommodation’ debate rages in Canada over football turban ban

Posted: Thu, 13 Jun 2013 11:30

A provincial Canadian football federation has been suspended by the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) over its refusal to allow Sikh children wearing turbans to play in official matches.

NSS welcomes European Court decision to refuse appeal to Christian activists

NSS welcomes European Court decision to refuse appeal to Christian activists

Posted: Tue, 28 May 2013 13:58

The National Secular Society has welcomed a decision by the European Court of Human Rights not to refer the cases of three British Christians to the Grand Chamber.

Belgian city scraps headscarf ban

Belgian city scraps headscarf ban

Posted: Tue, 28 May 2013 13:13

A Belgian city which introduced a ban on its civil servants wearing headscarves in 2007, has now voted to reverse the decision.

Islamic veils still a source of conflict in France

Islamic veils still a source of conflict in France

Posted: Tue, 26 Mar 2013 15:20

The recent case of a Muslim woman in France who won a court ruling that she had been unfairly dismissed from her job in a private nursery school after she refused to remove a headscarf appears to have sparked a backlash.

France’s top court rules that woman was unfairly dismissed after she refused to remove headscarf at work

France’s top court rules that woman was unfairly dismissed after she refused to remove headscarf at work

Posted: Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:03

France's top court ruled on Tuesday that a Muslim woman who was sacked for wearing the Islamic headscarf at work was unfairly dismissed on the basis of her religion.

Surveys reveal attitudes to religious symbols at work

Surveys reveal attitudes to religious symbols at work

Posted: Tue, 26 Feb 2013 16:17

YouGov has been conducting surveys on public attitudes to the wearing of religious clothing and symbols in the workplace. The polls were taken in the light of the four cases recently heard in the European Court of Human Rights.

Pickles wrong to assign a ‘Christian ethos’ to Britain

Pickles wrong to assign a ‘Christian ethos’ to Britain

Posted: Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:40

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has surpassed himself in an opinion piece for the Telegraph headed A Christian ethos strengthens our nation: Religion shaped the modern British state, and this Government is proud to 'do God'.

NSS intervene in landmark cases at European Court of Human Rights

NSS intervene in landmark cases at European Court of Human Rights

Posted: Sun, 02 Sep 2012 21:41

Four controversial British religious discrimination cases are due to be heard at the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) on Tuesday 4 September 2012. The outcome will have a huge impact on how future equality cases involving religion are determined.

Row erupts over proposed 'charter for secularism' in Quebec

Row erupts over proposed 'charter for secularism' in Quebec

Posted: Thu, 16 Aug 2012 11:35

A proposal to adopt a 'secular charter' from one party leader has sparked controversy in Quebec ahead of the forthcoming elections on 4 September. The proposed charter would ban civil servants from wearing or exposing overt religious symbols — with the notable exception of the crucifix.

Woman who was sacked for wearing a headscarf loses religious discrimination claim on a technicality

Woman who was sacked for wearing a headscarf loses religious discrimination claim on a technicality

Posted: Wed, 08 Aug 2012 09:57

A Muslim woman in London who claimed she had been sacked from her job in a luggage shop because she wore a headscarf has won her claim of unfair dismissal but lost a claim of direct religious discrimination.

Polish Airline bans display of religious symbols by cabin crews

Polish Airline bans display of religious symbols by cabin crews

Posted: Fri, 17 Feb 2012 13:25

Conservative MPs in Poland have complained to the national airline LOT that banning staff wearing the Roman Catholic cross on flights is "discriminatory" and "unconstitutional".

Norway set to allow police and judges to wear headscarves and hijabs

Norway set to allow police and judges to wear headscarves and hijabs

Posted: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 14:13

A Norwegian government-appointed committee is set to make recommendations that will allow police and judges to wear clothing and personal effects with religious overtones, including the Muslim hijab.

Swedish teachers given permission to ban niqabs in classroom

Swedish teachers given permission to ban niqabs in classroom

Posted: Fri, 13 Jan 2012 06:31

Teachers in Swedish schools have been given permission to ban students from wearing Islamic veils that cover their faces, in certain situations. But there can be no general ban on headcoverings such as the hijab or scarves.