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Lawsuit against hijab ban in Russia's Stavropol schools rejected

15:43 22/03/2013

PYATIGORSK, March 22 - RAPSI. The Stavropol Territorial Court has rejected a lawsuit against the ban on wearing headdresses to school, including the hijab, a Moscow lawyer said on Friday.

Lawyer Murad Musayev filed the lawsuit on behalf of the region's Muslim people, who seek to annul the new school uniform requirements introduced last September.

"The court has rejected our lawsuit," he said. "I believe this ruling was politically motivated. We will find out why the court ruled against our lawsuit in five days when they send the hearing documents to us." He added that he plans to appeal the decision.

The uniform requirements prohibit schoolchildren from wearing brightly colored clothes, trousers and skirts with a low waistline or high slits, veils, accessories featuring informal youth group symbols, and religious clothing.

There are 20 million Muslims in Russia. Most live in the North Caucasus, and in Tatarstan and Bashkortostan.

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Lawsuit against hijab ban in Russia's Stavropol schools rejected

15:43 22/03/2013 The Stavropol Territorial Court has rejected a lawsuit against the ban on wearing headdresses to school, including the hijab, a Moscow lawyer said on Friday.
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