Statement from Yasmin Qureshi on the school dress ruling

Commenting on the ruling by the Court of Appeal over the right of a Muslim student to wear the jilbab to her school,Yasmin Qureshi, the Mayor of London’s Human Rights Advisor, said:

“This is a landmark ruling for Muslims and people of all faiths. It is a basic issue of human rights that individuals can observe their religion. As a city with such a diverse multicultural population, London has an interest in seeing such basic human rights upheld everywhere, not just in this ruling today but also in the rest of Europe. It is essential institutions including schools respect the right of people to wear religious and traditional dress. I hope that schools throughout the country will take note of this case and ensure that their policies reflect this judgement.”

GLA press release, 2 March 2005.