GENEVA, May 14,
(Xinhua/GNA) - The Geneva Court of Justice's Constitutional Chamber has upheld
a ban on public officials wearing religious symbols.
The appeal to
suspend a provision of the Geneva law that reinforces the separation of
religion and State failed, and the ban remains effective until "further
notice", the Swiss News Agency SDA-Keystone reported.
adopted a new law on secularism after 55 percent of its voters backed its
introduction in a February referendum.
each of the 26 cantons decides on the relationship between religion and
politics and this has created different systems across the Alpine country.
Under the new
Geneva law seeking to define the limits of religion in the public sphere more
clearly, elected representatives in Geneva are banned from displaying religious
wearing headscarves when taking part in plenary council sessions or during
other official acts when they are in public view.
The appeal to
suspend this provision was rejected by the Constitutional Chamber of the Geneva
Court of Justice and communicated Monday.
The appeal was
made by a political movement on the "extreme-left" and "several
Muslim women", said Keystone-SDA in a report carried by Swissinfo, the
website of the national broadcaster.
focused primarily on "the issue of the ban on working in public service
wearing an Islamic veil".
One of the
claimants was directly affected by the law, the news agency reported. In April,
the same court had provisionally suspended the provision after an appeal by the
Green Party after one of its elected members at the municipal level wore a veil
and had to participate in sessions from the public gallery.