04/09/12 16:24 CET
| updated xx mn ago
| updated at xx
The European Court of Human Rights is hearing the cases of four British Christians who claim to have lost their jobs for religious reasons.
One of the plaintiffs is Nadia Eweida who says she was unfairly suspended by airline British Airways for refusing to remove her necklace bearing a cross.
Lawyers presenting her argument in Strasbourg claim it is discrimination.
James Dingemans, acting on behalf of Eweida, told the court: “She was working alongside colleagues who were able to wear religious symbols and attire including the Sikh turban, the Sikh bracelet, the Muslim hijab and the Jewish skull cap.”
Lawyers acting for the UK government, which claims human rights are not being infringed, say work is not the right place for religious expression.
“The Convention protects individuals’ rights to manifest their religion outside their professional sphere. However, that does not mean that in the context of his or her employment an individual can insist on being able to manifest their beliefs in any way they choose,” said lawyer James Eadie.
A ruling from the Strasbourg court is not expected for months.
It will also consider the case of a woman working for the National Health Service who had to take a desk job because of her cross.
The other two cases involve a relationship counsellor who lost his job for saying he would feel uncomfortable dealing with homosexual clients and a registrar who refused to conduct same-sex civil partnerships ceremonies.
- 1Japanese volcano erupts on nuclear power station island
- 2Pegida fails to ignite as Europe-wide anti-Muslim protests fizzle
- 3Two Koreas, two reactions after illegal rocket launch
- 4Spanish police smash ISIL terror cell in three cities
- 5More problems at FYROM-Greek border slows refugees’ journey north
- 1euronews live TV - News | euronews : the latest international news as video on demand
- 2International news | euronews, latest international news
- 3Hope vs harsh reality: challenges to global education goals in the 21st century
- 4Madrid to appeal Catalan road to independence from Spain
- 5Thousands in Bucharest blame corruption for Friday’s nightclub blaze
- 6Turkey: Explosion hits Istanbul’s main tourist district
- 7Paris: “I would rather see my brother in prison than in a cemetery”
- 8Extras : euronews : the latest international news as video on demand
- 9Jorge Lorenzo clinches his third MotoGP title in Valencia
- 10Partnering to grow Europe
- 11Macedonian Postcards: The Mavrovo National Park
- 12Moldova: protesters storm Parliament
- 13Benzema questioned in French sex tape case
- 14Brussels remains on high alert: ‘multiple operations underway’ across Belgium
- 15Business news and finance news | euronews: international economic and finance news
- 16Special Reports : euronews : the latest international news as video on demand
- 17smart care - All Programmes | euronews : the latest international news as video on demand
- 18Norway sends Syrian refugees back to Russia
- 19latest Learning World - All Programmes | euronews : the latest international news as video on demand
- 20New temporary spiritual leader of Muslim Brotherhood appointed
Latest world news
Spanish police smash ISIL terror cell in three cities
Algeria enacts reforms and gives Berber language official status
Filmed bus stunt causes mini-panic in London
Former Foreign Legion commander arrested at anti-foreigner protest
‘The Revenant’ director Inarritu scoops DGA award, as Oscars near
Wires > News
- 04:18 CET Chinese, Indian border troops hold joint disaster drills
- 03:53 CET North Korean patrol boat crosses to South, retreats after warning…
- 02:40 CET To protect Chinese investment, Pakistan military leaves little to…
- 22:38 CET Hollande, Merkel stress migrant crisis needs EU solution
- 20:50 CET Chilean alleges sex abuse cover-up, asks pope to sack bishop
- 20:23 CET Iran-backed militia warns against sending Arab forces to Syria…
- 19:41 CET U.N. rights chief meets families of Sri Lanka’s war victims
- 19:28 CET Carnival roars ahead in Brazil despite Zika health scare