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Group says ruling on headscarfs in Turkey is blow to basic rights

Group says ruling on headscarfs in Turkey is blow to basic rights

A decision by Turkey's top court to annul a government reform which lifted a ban on Muslim headscarves at universities is a blow to freedom of religion and other fundamental rights, Human Rights Watch said yesterday.
Turkey's Constitutional Court overturned late on Thursday a reform which would have allowed students to wear the Muslim headscarf in universities. Analysts said the decision increased the chances that the AK Party would be closed down for alleged Islamist activities in a separate case at the same court.
Religion and education
"This decision means that women who choose to wear a headscarf in Turkey will be forced to choose between their religion and their education," Holly Cartner, Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement.
"This is a truly disappointing decision and does not bode well for the reform process," Cartner said.


Updated : 2021-05-17 19:25 GMT+08:00