Swedish court OVERTURNS Staffanstorp schoolgirl hijab ban, saying it denies ‘freedom of expression’

Swedish court OVERTURNS schoolgirl hijab ban, saying it denies ‘freedom of expression’

  • The schoolgirl scarf ban was handed by Staffanstorp in 2019
  • The municipality barred youngsters from sporting the objects in preschools and first faculties as much as year six
  • Sweden’s Supreme Court argued this contravenes freedom of expression legal guidelines

Sweden’s Supreme Court has reversed the schoolgirl scarf ban handed by the municipality of Staffanstorp in 2019, arguing that it contravenes freedom of expression legal guidelines.

Staffanstorp, within the county of Skåne, southern Sweden, the place the Moderates rule in coalition with the far-right Sweden Democrats, needed to bar youngsters from sporting headscarves in preschools and first faculties as much as year six, successfully banning youngsters beneath 12. 

In Skurup, one other municipality run by the Sweden Democrats, politicians had pushed for a ban for kids and workers in preschools and main faculties. 

Parliament has beforehand shut down proposals to ban headscarves.

The Supreme Court as a substitute used Sweden’s freedom of expression regulation to again up its ruling, stating that expressions of spiritual affiliation, akin to clothes, are lined by this

The parliament’s committee on the structure has mentioned that it has no plans for laws banning the merchandise of clothes, both for kids particularly faculties or in wider society.

Both Skåne municipalities have been pursuing the scarf challenge for a number of years.

In a earlier determination, the Administrative Court mentioned the scarf ban the 2 municipalities needed to implement contravenes each the European Convention on Human Rights and protections on spiritual freedom beneath Swedish constitutional legal guidelines.

The Supreme Court as a substitute used Sweden’s freedom of expression regulation to again up its ruling, stating that expressions of spiritual affiliation, akin to clothes, are lined by this.

‘Limiting the correct to put on a headband has results on people and is subsequently a limitation of freedom of expression,’ Justice Ulrik von Essen mentioned in a press launch, as reported by The Local Sweden

‘For the limitation to be permitted, it have to be supported by regulation. Such authorized assist is lacking in nationwide regulation and subsequently the municipalities’ determination have to be annulled,’ he mentioned.

The parliament’s committee on the structure has mentioned that it has no plans for laws banning the merchandise of clothes, both for kids particularly faculties or in wider society

Staffanstorp’s vote to ban headscarves in 2019 shaped half of an ‘integration plan’ for the city, which was drawn up by the centre-right Moderate Party and the populist Sweden Democrats.

‘The scarf is an emblem that girls should not obtainable. It’s a sexualisation of ladies and it’s unreasonable to do this to younger women,’ Christian Sonesson, the city’s Moderate Party mayor, informed the native Sydsvenskan newspaper on the time. 

‘I’ve nothing in opposition to grownup ladies sporting headscarves, however these are babies, little women.’

Seven out of 11 voted in favour of the measure in May 2019.

Pierre Sjöström, a councillor for the city’s Social Democrat opposition mentioned Sonesson was ‘foregrounding a non-problem’.

‘It’s simply beauty. The Moderates do not even know if we now have pupils who put on headscarves. This is an answer to an issue that we do not have,’ he informed the newspaper.

Speaking to Swedish broadcaster SR, Andreas Lindholm, a lawyer for the Swedish National Agency for Education, argued the measure was spiritual discrimination and subsequently contravened the regulation.

In February 2017 the Swedish authorities was compelled to defend its determination to have its officers put on headscarves throughout a visit to Iran, saying that failing to take action would have damaged the regulation.

Trade Minister Ann Linde led a business staff that month and was criticised by Swedish politicians for sporting the merchandise. 

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