Europe’s leading human rights court has upheld the decision of France’s ban on Islamic headscarves in the case of a Muslim social worker who was sacked because she refused to take hers off.
What the actual story is?
The French government bars public employees from displaying their religious beliefs on the job. Christiane Ebrahimian, a psychiatric in hospital has lost her job because patients complained about her refusal to remove her head covering. Now she has lost her appeal at the European Court of Human Rights today. In 2004, France banned the wearing of ‘conspicuous religious symbols’ including the Muslim face veil, known as the niqab.The ban was eventually extended to schoolchildren and even parents who wanted to accompany classes on trips. In 2010, the country banned face coverings of all kinds, including masks, niqabs and the full body dress known as a burqa.
In May 2000, the hospital wrote to Christiane to remind her that the ‘the secular State prevented public officials from enjoying the right to manifest their religious beliefs while discharging their functions.