Court of Europe to Italy: Lose The Crosses

Times of Malta – Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi told Parliament yesterday that the Maltese government had asked to intervene in the hearings of the European Court of Human Rights which was considering an appeal filed by Italy against a decision to remove crucifixes from public places.

In its first decision, the Strasbourg-based court of the Council of Europe had upheld a request by a Finnish woman, Soile Lautsi, for the removal of crucifixes in a school attended by her children in Italy. The court had found that the display of crucifixes in Italian schools breached the rights of non-Catholic families.

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