Turkish top court to hear headscarf case

Turkish Constitutional Court decided Thursday to hear a headscarf case filed by two opposition parties to oppose "headscarved girl students" in universities.

Turkish top court to hear headscarf case
The Constitutional Court decided Thursday to hear a case after the submission of a lawsuit by the main opposition party CHP (Republican People's Party) and Democratic Left Party (DSP), regarding annulment of the constitutional amendments that revoke the headscarf ban in universities.

On February 27th, the Republican People's Party (CHP) and Democratic Left Party (DSP) referred to the Constitutional Court, asking the judges to either cancel the amendments or consider them nonexistent, and halt the proceedings regarding the mentioned law, until the case is finalized.

Turkish lawmakers approved on February 9th constitutional amendments to lift a ban on headscarf in universities. President Abdullah Gul ratified the law on February 22nd.

The law amends articles 10 (equality before law) and 42 (right and duty of training and education) of the Constitution.

The court held its first meeting on the issue on Thursday, and ruled that the application (of the political parties) was in line with rules and methods, and was made on time.

Thus, the court decided to deal with the case.

The Court will decide on a later-scheduled date whether to annul or halt the proceedings regarding the constitutional amendments after a rapporteur prepares his/her report on the case.


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