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Court in Berlin bans Muslim teacher from wearing religious garment

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In Berlin, a female teacher of a primary school has lost her legal battle against a garment neutrality law applying to public servants in the German capital.

British public broadcaster BBC reports that on Wednesday, May 9, the Berlin labour court judge ruled that the city-state’s neutrality law for teachers, police and court officials was constitutional.

The Berlin case has prompted widespread reaction in the German capital as Berlin Mayor Michael Müller has expressed his support for Berlin’s neutrality law.

It has also been welcomed by the founder of Berlin’s liberal mosque, Seyran Ateş, who has campaigned to keep religious symbols out of schools; however, the organisation Network Against Discrimination and Islamophobia argued that the ruling was like a professional ban on the female teacher involved.


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