Swiss public schools require all children to take swimming lessons. Before they reach puberty, girls are required to swim in mixed-sex sessions with the boys.
A Muslim family in Switzerland refused to send their girls to co-ed lessons, and were fined for their refusal. They took their case all the way to the European Court of Human Rights, and lost.
Many thanks to Nash Montana translating this Swiss TV report about the ECHR decision, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
Below are excerpts from a BBC article on the same topic:
Swiss Muslim Girls Must Learn to Swim With Boys, Court Rules
Switzerland has won a case at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) obliging Muslim parents to send their children to mixed swimming lessons.
It said authorities were justified in giving precedence to enforcing “the full school curriculum” and the children’s “successful integration” into society.
The ECHR acknowledged that religious freedom was being interfered with.
But judges said it did not amount to a violation.
The case was brought by two Swiss nationals, of Turkish origin, who refused to send their teenage daughters to the compulsory mixed lessons in the city of Basel.
Education officials, however, said that exemptions were available only for girls who had reached the age of puberty — which the girls had not reached at the time.
|0:00||Muslim girls will also have to participate|
|0:03||in mixed swimming lessons with boys.|
|0:06||One Muslim couple’s lawsuit in Basel against mandatory participation|
|0:09||by their daughters was denied at the High Court for Human Rights in Strasbourg.|
|0:12||Therefore, for Swiss school administration,|
|0:15||compulsory school attendance|
|0:18||has precedence over parents’ religious requests for|
|0:21||exemption from lessons.|
|0:24||This means that we are on the right track|
|0:27||and that we will continue, and we are of course in constant|
|0:30||dialogue with religious communities. We are|
|0:33||open for suggestions, but state schools will remain|
|0:36||a bracket for our entire society, and we will adhere to that.|
|0:39||Originally a fine was imposed on the parents because they refused to have|
|0:42||their girls participate in mixed swimming lessons at their elementary school.|
|0:45||The court determined that physical education is important|
|0:48||for the development and the health of children, and that it is|
|0:51||especially important for all children to participate together in all school activities|
|0:54||regardless of the religious convictions of their parents.
Hat tip for the BBC article: Fjordman.