For background, see earlier post.
Crucifixes in Italian State-school classrooms: the Court findsno violation
In today’s Grand Chamber judgment in the case of Lautsi and Others v. Italy (application no. 30814/06), which is final, the European Court of Human Rights held, by a majority (15 votes to two), that there had been:
No violation of Article 2 of Protocol No. 1 (right to education) to the European Convention on Human Rights.
The case concerned the presence of crucifixes in State-school classrooms in Italy, which, according to the applicants, was incompatible with the obligation on the State, in the exercise of the functions which it assumed in relation to education and to teaching, to respect the right of parents to ensure such education and teaching in accordance with their own religious and philosophical convictions.