German Court Rules Against Ban on Hijab in Schools

The Hamburg Administrative Court has ruled against the decision of the city’s education department which banned a 16-year old Muslim student from wearing a hijab at school.

Earlier, the education department’s officials had ordered the girl’s mother to ensure that her daughter did not wear a hijab during class time.


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The verdict, which cannot be appealed, states:

Hamburg’s laws do not permit any authority to impose such a ban. Therefore, the 16-year-old girl has a right to unconditional protection of her freedom of religion.

Ties Rabe, Hamburg’s Minister for School and Vocational Training, has criticized the verdict of the Administrative court. He has vowed to seek a change in state laws to implement the ban.

The education minister said:

No matter what culture or religion prescribes, everyone shows their faces openly at school. When the face is completely veiled, a line is being crossed that makes a successful learning process impossible. It’s important that children and young people from all cultures and religions can participate in lessons in an equal way.


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Anti-Muslim sentiments are on the rise across Germany. Numerous high profile lawmakers from Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the Free Democratic Party (FDP), and the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) parties have all demanded a ban on hijab in the past.

Recently, the legislatures in Schleswig-Holstein’s parliament, Hamburg’s neighboring state, tabled a bill to impose a ban on hijab across the state’s colleges and universities. Thanks to the Green Party, the bill failed to secure a majority and was rolled back subsequently.

In 2018, another German state, North Rhine-Westphalia, drew widespread criticism after lawmakers publicly disclosed plans to ban young Muslim girls from wearing a hijab.

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  • Bhai Germany ka Religious Freedom ham Celebrate kar rahay hain, jabkay Pakistan main Muslim kai ilawa kisi ko koi Religious freedom nahin us ki koi parwa nahin. Ghair Muslim ko Tableegh ki ijazat nahin aur hamara ayen bhi un ko sab haq nahin daita.

    Ham bhi ajeeb log hain. Germany main hamain Secularism aur Mzhabi Azaadi chahiye aur Pakistan main Shariat aur sirf Islamic nizaam?. Yeh bhi waisay khulla tazaad hai.

    • @From Earth i do agree with you but this matter is not only for pakistani mulism living there they are mentioning all muslim living in Germany

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