Muslim students will now have to take part in mixed-gender swimming lessons, even after the European Court of Human Rights said that religious freedoms were being interfered with.
Switzerland won a case at the ECHR on Tuesday after a ruling said that authorities were justified in saying that mixed-gender swimming lessons were part of a ‘full school curriculum’ and the children’s ‘successful integration’ into society.
While the ECHR did say that religious freedoms were being interfered with in the lessons, judges said unanimously that the interference did not amount to a violation.
The ECHR said in a statement that the refusal to exempt girls from swimming lessons ‘had been an interference with the applicants’ right to their freedom of religion’.
The law involved with the right for freedom of religion, however, was made ‘to protect foreign pupils from any form of social exclusion,’ the ECHR said in a statement.
The court said that schools are important for social integration.
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