Zurich rejects headscarf ban in schools

6th January 2010, Comments 0 comments

The cantonal parliament rejected the far-right anti-headscarf proposal by the Swiss People's Party by 104 votes to 65.

Zurich – The Swiss canton of Zurich said on Monday it had rejected a request by a far-right group to ban headscarves in schools and to stop exempting Muslims from sports classes during Ramadan.

By 104 votes to 65, the cantonal parliament rejected the anti-headscarf proposal tabled by the Swiss People's Party (SVP), Swiss news agency ATS reported.

The far-right group, also Switzerland's biggest party, said its motion was aimed at "instilling respect of Swiss values in schools."

The SVP was at the root of a referendum held in November 2009 during which the Swiss voted to ban the building of new minarets.

AFP / Expatica

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