BELGRADE – Some 2,000 people, mostly women, have protested in Bosnia’s capital against a ban on wearing the hijab, or Islamic headscarf, in courts and other legal institutions.


The protesters marched for around an hour in the center of Sarajevo on February 7. Some of the demonstrators held banners with slogans such as “The hijab is my right.”

Protest organizer Samira Zunic Velagic described the ban as a “serious attack against Muslim honor, personality, and identity” and said it aimed at depriving Muslim women of their right to work.

The rally came after Bosnia’s judicial high council recently banned “religious signs” in judicial institutions.

The ban concerns judges and other employees in the sector, and explicitly mentions the hijab, a scarf which covers hair, ears, and neck.

The decision was condemned by Muslim political and religious leaders in the country, where Muslims make up about 40 percent of the population.