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Muslim Women Teachers Can Wear Headscarves in Germany

The Constitutional Court of Germany ruled that Muslim women teachers can wear headscarves as long as it does not cause disruption in school. The court in Karlsruhe said religious symbols could only be banned when they...

by Nederlands Juristen Comité voor de Mensenrechten
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The Constitutional Court of Germany ruled that Muslim women teachers can wear headscarves as long as it does not cause disruption in school. The court in Karlsruhe said religious symbols could only be banned when they posed "not just an abstract but a concrete risk of disruption in schools." The case was brought by a Muslim woman blocked from a teaching job because of her headscarf. The German Teachers' Association called the ruling "problematic," saying it undermined the principle of political and religious "neutrality" in schools and public services.

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