Turkish court says headscarved lawyer's rights 'violated'

16 out of the 17 judges in the Constitutional Court ruled that lawyer's rights had been violated.

Turkish court says headscarved lawyer's rights 'violated'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey's Constitutional Court decided yesterday that the rights of a female lawyer were violated after she was banned from entering a courtroom for wearing a headscarf.

16 out of the 17 judges in the Constitutional Court ruled that lawyer's rights had been violated. The ruling said that the court's refusal to allow headscarf-wearing women into trials is contrary to the Turkish Constitution's Articles 10 and 24 and violates equality and freedom of religion.

The headscarf ban was lifted for lawyers in 2013 by The Council of State, the country's highest administrative court. They allowed lawyers to register at the Bar Association with a picture showing them wearing headscarf, on the grounds that the ban contradicted the constitution which grants freedoms.

However, some judges go agaisnt the law and order lawyers wearing the headscarf to leave the courtroom.

The army and bureaucrats, representing the country's secular elite, had started a campaign against the headscarfwearing women and effectively enforced the ban in 1997 which was the year that Turkey's "postmodern coup" occurred.

 

Last Mod: 26 Haziran 2014, 13:24
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