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Ahmad v UK (1982) 4 EHRR 126

Facts: the applicant was a Muslim schoolteacher who wanted to pray at his mosque for 45 minutes every Friday. His employer rejected the applicant's claim and relied on the contract of employment which required him to work on Fridays.

Complaint: the applicant claimed a violation of his freedom of religion

Holding: the ECHR did not find a violation of article 9

Reasoning: The ECHR held that the employer's refusal did not infringe article 9, since the employee had voluntarily accepted a teaching post which prevented his attendance at prayers (and had not complained, or requested time off, during his first six years at work). The Court identified the issue as being whether, in relying on the contract of employment, the employer was arbitrarily disregarding the right to freedom of religion.

 

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