According to the latest report of Independent, Switzerland has won a European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) case allowing it to force Muslim parents to send their daughters to mixed school swimming lessons.
A panel of seven judges found that although this decision will interfere with the freedom of religion, but this move will help the children to integrate into the society. It is important to mention that the judges were ruling on a legal challenge brought by two Swiss-Turkish parents from Basel, who said that they will not send their daughters to swim on the grounds and their beliefs don’t allow them for this activity.
The authorities at the education department of Basel suggested the parents that if they refuse to send their daughters to swim, a fine of 1,000 Swiss francs (£813) would be imposed on them.
The parents contacted the court but their appeal was dismissed while the federal court of Switzerland thrown out their appeal in 2012. After that, the couple lodged their case with the ECHR, saying that the condition to send their daughters to mixed swimming lessons violated Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
But the ECHR threw out their application and said that it was not against the freedom of religion. Swiss, Swedish, Spanish, Serbian and Slovakian judges were among the panel who delivered Tuesday’s ruling, which found that although freedom of religion had been “interfered with”, the step was taken as it was “seeking to protect foreign children from any form of social exclusion”.