AMRITSAR: The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) has ruled that France's ban on the wearing of "conspicuous" religious symbols in schools - introduced in a law adopted in March 2004 - violated a Sikh student's right to manifest his religion, protected by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
"The UNHRC has made our nine year wait for justice worthwhile, since
the French law was passed against religious signs in public schools in
2004. The UNHRC has once again proved to be the beacon of light for the
freedom of thought, conscience and religion by upholding that the
Article 18 right under the ICCPR
to manifest ones religion, cannot be overridden merely by pleading
secularity without producing any evidence that the Sikh Turban would
affect the right of other students or would affect order in the school,"
said Legal Director, United Sikhs, a Sikh NGO, Mejindarpal Kaur while
talking to TOI over phone from Paris on Friday.
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