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Philippine court orders university to enroll Muslim students using hijab, niqab
ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Regional Trial Court Branch 14 has ordered the Universidad de Zamboanga on Wednesday to admit female Muslim students to enroll in the school which bans students from wearing hijab and niqab.
After they questioned the ban on the wearing of veils at the university, Judge Reynerio Estacio issued a writ of preliminary injunction and ordered the university to allow the students to re-enroll.
The Universidad de Zamboanga banned the use of veil among its Muslim students, saying it is the school’s security protocol. But the students said the ban violated their rights.
Warina Sushil Jukuy, the Secretary-General of the Hijaab-Niqaab Advocacy Network, praised the court order and said Estacio “sets example that Philippine justice can grind swiftly when propelled by astuteness, PROBITY and sincerity.”
“Judge Estacio erases bigotry against veiled Muslim women in Zamboanga City. Judge Estacio re-bonds the once broken veils, shattered dreams of Mutanaqqibat (niqaab wearing students in Universidad de Zamboanga). He brings hope through right to education for our niqaabis who stopped for one whole semester pending resolution of the case,” she said.
There was no immediate statement from the Universidad de Zamboanga.
Aside from the said university, Pilar College in Zamboanga City also banned the wearing of hijab and niqab among its Muslim students. Various Muslim and human rights groups protested the school’s policy.-Mindanao Examiner (November 14, 2012)Philippine court orders university to enroll Muslim students using hijab, niqab
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 09:18:08 PM