Published On: Sun, Jul 18th, 2021
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Turkey Condemns EU Court Ruling on Headscarf Ban as Violation of Freedomson July 18, 2021 at 10:52 am

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ANKARA—Turkey on Sunday slammed a ruling by a top European Union court allowing the banning of headscarves under certain conditions as a “clear violation of religious freedoms,” adding the move would exacerbate prejudices against Muslim women in Europe. The Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice (CJEU) ruled on Thursday that companies in the bloc can ban employees from wearing a headscarf under certain conditions, if they need to do so to project an image of neutrality to customers. The Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement the ruling was a sign of rising Islamophobia at a time when it said Muslim women in Europe are being subjected to increasing discrimination for their religious beliefs. “The CJEU decision, at a time when the Islamophobia, racism, and hatred that have taken Europe hostage are rising, disregards religious freedom and creates a basis and legal cover for discrimination,” the ministry said. On Saturday, the …

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