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USCIRF Expresses Concern about European Court Decision on Religious Garb

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 7, 2009

WASHINGTON DC - The European Court of Human Rights on July 17 rejected claims to allow Muslim girls and Sikh boys to cover their hair while attending public school in France. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), a bipartisan U.S. government panel that monitors religious freedom abroad, faulted the ruling for its failure to cite any evidence to support its conclusion that the head coverings constituted a genuine threat to public order.

Testimony by Robert A. Seiple

USCIRF stamp Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom
Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

Testimony before the Subcommittee on International Operations and Human Rights House Committee on International Relations

Washington, DC, October 6, 1999

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