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The Travel Ban as Religious Discrimination: Judges’ Engagement of Political Discourse and Recent History

Julie Suk 3rd April 2017

On March 15, 2017, two federal district courts, in Hawaii and Maryland, enjoined the enforcement of President Trump’s second executive order restricting travel from six predominantly Muslim countries.  In both of these decisions, the courts arrived at the conclusion that plaintiffs were likely to succeed on their claim that the travel ban constituted religious discrimination […]

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Live Music during Thaipusam Processions in Singapore: Developments in the Law on Freedom of Religion

Benjamin Joshua Ong 17th November 2016

In Singapore, due to the 2009 Public Order Act, public processions require an official permit, which may have conditions attached. In Vijaya Kumar s/o Rajendran v Attorney-General (17 September 2015), three applicants, citing their constitutional rights to freedom of religion and equality before the law, challenged such a condition which prohibited the use of musical […]

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The French Council of State on the Burkini – Part 2: Upholding Religious Freedom

Rim-Sarah Alouane 18th October 2016

In its ordinance of 26 August 2016 entitled Ligue des droits de l’homme et autres the Council of State — France’s highest administrative court —declared that the order of the mayor of Villeneuve-Loubet to ban burkinis had “seriously infringed, in a manner that was clearly illegal, fundamental liberties such as … religious freedom and individual freedom”. In […]

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The French Council of State on the Burkini – Part 1: “Reflections on Public Order”

Rim-Sarah Alouane 12th October 2016

On 26 August 2016, in an ordinance titled “Ligue des droits de l’homme et autres – association de défense des droits de l’homme collectif contre l’islamophobie en France”, the Council of State — France’s highest administrative court — declared a ban on burkinis enacted by the mayor of Villeneuve-Loubet illegal. The grounds for this finding were that an alleged […]

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