2017-03-31 18:32:00

Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia backs Chechen parliament's move to permit hijab wearing at schools

Moscow, March 31, Interfax - The Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia (FJCR) backs the legislation passed by the legislature of Russia's Chechen republic that permits school children's dressing in accordance with their religious denomination and in particular, wearing hijabs at school.

"I oppose in principle every kind of ban on that which does not necessarily have to be banned. I think it is absolutely abnormal to ban hijabs, cross pendants, or kippahs, for this is a gross interference with the citizen's system of thought. Therefore, in this story I'd sooner back the decision of the Chechen parliament than any legislative initiatives on banning certain dress codes," Boruch Gorin, head of the FJCR public relations department, told Interfax-Religion on Friday.

In his view, an individual region or even a particular settlement "has the right to adopt certain codes of conduct in accordance with local customs and traditions, and this is right".

"We are in a federal state, and a region has the grounds and the right to enact certain rules in accordance with their own traditions," Gorin said.

It was reported earlier that the aforesaid legislation included a legal rule that, when establishing any rules regarding dress codes, educational institutions must respect the right of their students to wear clothes and symbols in accordance with popular traditions and religious beliefs, unless this is against Russia's federal laws or is harmful to their health or infringes upon other people's rights and freedoms.

Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said earlier that the Kremlin had not yet formulated its position on the legislation passed by the Chechen parliament. It has yet to be understood whether to address this issue on the federal level or whether there is an element of jurisdiction of regional authorities in determining such policies, Peskov said.