European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled in favour of
Switzerland’s educational authorities for Muslim girls to take mixed
swimming lessons with boys.
It comes after two Swiss-Turkish parents from Basel, Aziz Osmanoǧlu and
Sehabat Kocabaş had refused to send their daughters to mixed swimming
lessons on the basis of their religion.
At the court hearing Tuesday, a panel of seven judges who gave backing
to the fines, also revealed that the freedom of religion had been
‘interfered with’. But the interference, it said, was justified by the
need to protect the children from social exclusion.
The Court ruled that the school played a special role in the process of
social integration, particularly where children of foreign origin were