French Ban on Religious Symbols in Schools

Sikh Schoolboys Lose Turban Case

April 19, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4461905.stm

On April 19, 2005 BBC News reported, "A French court has upheld a school's decision to expel three Sikh boys for wearing turbans to school. The tribunal said the boys' continued wearing of an under-turban made them 'immediately recognisable as Sikhs.' Under a law passed amid protests in March 2004, French students are barred from wearing conspicuous religious symbols at school. The boys' lawyers said they would...

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Muslims Open Separate Schools in Response to Headscarf Ban

April 3, 2005

Source: Daily Times

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_31-3-2005_pg4_11

On April 3, 2005 the Daily Times reported, "France's ban on religious symbols in state schools, a move meant to check a feared spread of Islamist radicalism, is prompting some Muslims to pull out of the system and launch their own schools and tutoring services.

Representatives of new projects around the country turned up at France’s largest Muslim...

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Sikhs Organizations to Open School in Response to Religious Symbols Ban

March 5, 2005

Source: Hindustan Times/Press Trust of India

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1267754,000600010001.htm

On March 5, 2005 the Press Trust of India reported, "Faced with a ban on turbans in schools, various Sikh organisations in France have decided to open a school there, so that education of their children does not suffer.

The foundation stone of the school was laid recently at Bondy in France by Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC...

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Documentary Film "The Inseparable - A Sikh and His Turban" Explores Turban Ban in France

February 24, 2005

Source: SikhNet News

http://www.anandpursahib.org/Sikhnet/news.nsf/NewsArchive/D937C9161F73CFA507256FB20068EBAE!OpenDocument

On February 24, 2005 SikhNet News reported, "Noted theatre and film personality Mangal Dhillon feels that he is the 'blessed and the chosen one' for having been able to present to the world the Sikh religion in most rational and scientific way... Dhillon, who took a sabbath from the commercial...

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Sikhs Mounting Organized Protest to Turban Issue in France

February 16, 2005

Source: The Tribune

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2005/20050217/punjab1.htm#2

On February 16, 2005 The Tribune reported, "The Sikh Nation Organisation (SNO) today said the decision of a French court which ruled that no violation of human rights had taken place by asking a French Sikh to remove his turban to be photographed for obtaining his driving licence, was a 'blot on the fair image of the French system of justice.' In a statement here, SNO president Dr Manjit...

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Sikhs in France Calling Upon India to Aid in Religious Symbol Ban

February 15, 2005

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/5983_1243404,00430005.htm

On February 15, 2005 the Hindustan Times reported, "Sikhs in France are still waiting for the Indian government to intervene urgently and effectively so that their children can attend schools with their turbans. A total of 256 students have been affected since the French government legislated to ban all religious headgears in government schools. Initially, the ban was directed...

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Amritsar Threatens Direct Action Against French Over Turban Issue

December 22, 2004

Source: Tribune India

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2004/20041223/punjab1.htm#5

On December 22, 2004 Tribune India reported, "The Akali Dal (Amritsar) has threatened to launch direct action against the French Government to force it to resolve the turban issue to the satisfaction of Sikhs. As a first step, the Akali Dal has appealed to Sikhs the world over not to travel by French airline, Air France and boycott all products of French make. A formal resolution in this...

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Sikhs Say They Will Take French Turban Case to UN

December 18, 2004

Source: Rediff

http://in.rediff.com/news/2004/dec/18sikh.htm

On December 18, 2004 Rediff reported, "Expressing concern over the expulsion of three Sikh boys by French authorities over the turban issue, Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee on Saturday said it would approach the United Nations on the matter.

'The expulsionscame as a shock to us. The ban onturbans by French authorities is not justified and has caused pain and agony to Sikhs all across the world. We...

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