Friday, January 27, 2017

Czechia: School Hijab discrimination suit thrown out of court.

(Prague)  A secular country of 10.5 million people, Czechia (New name for Czech Republic) has an Islamic community of only 10,000 to 20,000 members. It has no law covering the wearing of religious garments. Which is why a discrimination suit by Ayan Jamaal Ahmed Nuur, (a Somali refugee who was granted asylum in the Czech Republic in 2011 ) who was banned from wearing a hijab in a nursing school. Nuur who did not attend the trial had sought an apology and 60,000 crowns (2,220 euros, $2,350) in financial compensation for alleged discrimination.

However The court ruled in favour of the school, which argued that the young woman had never formally enrolled in the establishment.  Members of the public present in court on Friday sang the Czech national anthem and applauded after the verdict was handed down, on the other side of the coin a protest was held by supporters of the Hijab outside the court.