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Germany: Islamic Umbrella Organizations Ruled Ineligible to Teach Religious Classes in Public Schools in North Rhine-Westphalia

(Feb. 27, 2018) In a decision published on January 10, 2018, the Higher Administrative Court of North Rhine-Westphalia (OVG NRW), the highest state court in administrative law matters, held that the petitioners, two Islamic religious umbrella organizations, were not entitled to introduce Islamic religious classes in public schools as a permanent part of the school […]

France: Government Announces National Plan to Prevent Radicalization

(Feb. 26, 2018) In a speech given on February 23, 2018, the French Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, announced a national plan against Islamic radicalization. (Edouard Philippe, Prime Minister of France, Address before the Interministerial Committee for the Prevention of Delinquency and Radicalization (CIPDR): Présentation du Plan national de prévention de la radicalisation [Presentation of the […]

Sweden: School Inspectorate Says School Uniforms Are Human Rights Violation

(Feb. 1, 2018) On December 4, 2017, the Swedish Schools Inspectorate declared school uniforms a violation of students’ human rights. (Skolinspektionen [Swedish Schools Inspectorate], Dnr 401-2017:7883, Dec. 4, 2017.) The Swedish School Inspectorate had decided to inspect the Nordic International School, an independent school in the city of Norrköping. Four thousand of Sweden’s 16,000 schools […]

Japan: Supreme Court Dismisses Appeal Concerning Noises from Daycare

(Jan. 8, 2018) On December 19, 2017, Japan’s Supreme Court dismissed an appeal by a man who had complained about noises from a daycare center for preschool-age children. (Gen Okamoto, “Noisy” Voices of Children Playing at Daycare, Loss of Lawsuit by Man Affirmed, ASAHI SHIMBUN (Dec. 21, 2017) (in Japanese) (it appears that the decision […]

Belarus: Decree Introduces Common-Law Principles and Tax Exempts Mining of Cryptocurrencies

(Jan. 3, 2018) On December 21, 2017, the President of Belarus signed the Decree on Developing the Digital Economy, which is aimed at “creating conditions, under which world-class IT companies would come to Belarus to work on developing new products and technologies that would be in demand worldwide.”  (Decree No. 8 of Dec. 21, 2017, […]

Sweden: Mandatory Kindergarten Approved

(Dec. 14, 2017) On November 15, 2017, the Swedish Parliament voted approval of a law to make förskoleklass (similar to kindergarten) mandatory.  The law is set to enter into force in January 2018, with the first mandatory förskoleklass to start in August of 2018.  (Skolstart vid sex års ålder [School Starts at Age Six], Utbildningsutskottets betänkande […]

Indonesia: President Signs Decree on Character Education

(Oct. 19, 2017) On September 6, 2017, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo signed a presidential decree issuing a regulation on education designed to strengthen character. Widodo stated that the regulation had been prepared following input from a variety of interested parties across the country and that it would be followed up with the provision of technical […]

Israel: Establishment of the Council for Preschoolers

(Oct. 19, 2017) On July 26, 2017, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Council for Preschoolers Law, 5777-2017 (SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, official gazette, SH] 5777 No. 2658 p. 1129, available at KNESSET NATIONAL LEGISLATION DATABASE (in Hebrew).) The Law will enter into effect on February 7, 2018, six months after its August 7, […]

Brazil: Federal Supreme Court Authorizes Religious Education in Public Schools

(Oct. 6, 2017) On September 27, 2017, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (Supremo Tribunal Federal, STF) dismissed, by a majority vote (6 to 5), a Direct Action of Unconstitutionality (Ação Direta de Incosntitucionalidade, ADI)  in which the Public Prosecutor’s Office (Procuradoria-Geral da República, PGR) questioned the model of religious education in the country’s public school […]

Israel: Commemoration of Allies’ Victory over Nazi Germany

(Oct. 6, 2017) On July 26, 2017, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Law on the Day of the Victory over Nazi Germany, 5777-2017 (SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, official gazette, SH] 5777 No. 2659 p. 1147, available at KNESSET NATIONAL LEGISLATION DATABASE (in Hebrew).  The Law designates May 9, or the Sunday after that […]