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Sikhs take France to UN over turban row
Dec 21 , 2008


A Sikh advocacy group challenges the French government on a turban ban by filing a petition before the United Nations. The Sikh community has taken its fight against a French law banning religious symbols to the United Nations.


A prominent Sikh organisation called United Sikhs filed a case on December 15th challenging the French law created in 2004 which bans the display of all kinds of religious symbols including the Sikh turban in public schools and ID documents.


France is a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and this, the Sikhs hope will be its Achillies Heel.


Earlier, the ‘United Sikhs’ had taken their case to the European Union Court of Human Rights. The EUHCR this November though had dismissed their petition demanding that Sikhs be exempted from the ban.


Earlier in October, during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to France, French president, Nicholas Sarkozy had refused to make any changes in the law, when Prime Minister Singh had raised it.


French law banning turbans challenged


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