‘Turkey’s Hijab ban contravenes human rights’
The head of Turkish human rights association, the Organization of Human Rights and Solidarity for Oppressed People, known as Mazlumder, says the country’s Hijab ban is a violation of human rights and religious freedom.
“The ban on Islamic Hijab has been implemented in Turkish schools, universities, offices, and even in political arena of the country and unfortunately the problem remains unresolved,” said Ahmed Faruk Unsal in an exclusive interview with the IRIB World Service’s Turkish Radio on Monday.
The Hijab ban was implemented after a coup on February 28, 1997. It has been applied to the public sector as well as the universities, schools, and educational centers.
Under new regulations, students are allowed to wear Hijab only in Islamic courses and classes, Unsal went on to say, adding that the restrictions against Hijab, which are imposed on students, counter the laws of human rights, the rights accorded to families, children rights, and religious freedom.”
Despite electoral promises, Turkish government officials have not taken any practical measures to lift the ban.
Unsal also criticized the government for backing away from lifting the ban. “Unfortunately, the government has made no changes on its stance in respect of lifting Hijab ban and the Turkish people, who voted for the Justice and Development Party (the country’s ruling party) are asking the ruling party to lift the ban completely,” he regretted.
The Mazlumder organization and a number of other unions have reacted to the ban by organizing demonstrations, calling on the government to respond to their demands, he concluded.