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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

"U.K.'s Highest Court Backs School Ban on Muslim Dress"

Bloomberg News is reporting that
A British high school that excluded a girl from class for wearing a head-to-toe Muslim dress didn't infringe her right to practice her religion, the U.K.'s highest court ruled....

Cherie Booth QC, Prime Minister Tony Blair's wife, argued the case for Shabina Begum, now 17. The student had insisted on wearing the floor-length jilbab to class and was excluded for two years until she switched high schools. Booth had argued that the school had not considered her client's right to practice her religion and receive an education before making its decision.

Today's unanimous ruling by five Law Lords overturns a Court of Appeal judgment. The lower court had found Denbigh High School in Luton, north of London, didn't properly weigh Begum's human rights in 2002 when she was told to change into her school uniform or stay home. [Link]


The opinion is available here.

[Hat Tip: The Basher]

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