This short news clip cover sthe recent Turban case victory of the Sikhs against France and has footage from the recent press conference at Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Sahib, Bobigny, France on 12 Jan 2012.
Mejindarpal Kaur, Legal Director of United Sikhs, who is in the fore-front of a legal campaign for French Sikhs’ right to wear their turban stated that “The UN Human Rights Committee has asked France to submit a report by 15 March 2012 on measures it is taking to remedy the violation of the religious freedom of 76 year old Ranjit Singh,who was asked to remove his turban for his ID photo”.
The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) has concluded that France had violated the religious freedom of 76 year old Ranjit Singh when he was asked to remove his turban for his ID photograph. The United Sikhs legal team, had filed a communication on behalf of Ranjit Singh to the UNHRC in December 2008.
The Committee concluded that France had failed to explain how the Sikh turban hindered identification since the wearer’s face would be visible and he would be wearing the turban at all times, therefore, the regulation constituted a violation of article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which was entered into force for France on 4 February 1981. The views were adopted at the 102nd session of the Committee’s sitting.
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