BRUSSELS – Protests around headscarf ruling

Around thousand protesters gathered in Brussels on Sunday under the banner “#HijabisFightBack Protest” to protest against the decision of the Constitutional Court supporting a higher education establishment which intends to prohibit its students from wearing signs representing philosophical or religious belief.

The protest came after a much-discussed ruling by the Constitutional Court on 4 June, which ruled that the ban on wearing visible religious badges, intended to create a “neutral” environment, does not violate religious freedom or the right to education or the constitution. The case had been brought before the court in 2017.

French-speaking ministers of the Brussels government have decided to lift any ban on the wearing of religious badges for higher education students, starting in the coming school year.

(Alexandra Brzozowski,


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