European Court of Human Rights: Crosses can stay in Italy’s classrooms

ALLIANCE DEFENSE FUND NEWS RELEASE
March 18, 2011 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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European Court of Human Rights: Crosses can stay in Italy’s classrooms

ADF represents 33 members of the European Parliament who intervened to defend Italy’s sovereignty

STRASBOURG, France — Crosses will continue to remain in Italy’s classrooms as a result of a judgment issued Friday by the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights.  The court reversed a lower chamber’s 2009 ruling in favor of an “offended” parent who wanted crucifixes removed from the country’s public schools but did not prevail in Italian courts.

In May, the ECHR granted the request of Alliance Defense Fund attorneys to allow 33 members of the European Parliament to intervene in the lawsuit.  ADF, which represents MEPs from 11 different nations, argued in a legal memo that the lower chamber exceeded the European court’s authority over such matters within Italy.

Case Name:  Lautsi v. Italy

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