The Ombudsman for Minorities, Eva Biaudet, issued a statement Monday to the effect that a ban on prayer by an exercise centre in Espoo was not a violation of the law on equality. In August of this year, the centre posted a notice requesting clients not to pray in its facilities.

The Ombudsman for Minorities investigated claims that the action by the centre was a violation of the prohibition on discrimination against ethnic minorities.

The note posted at the exercise centre requested clients to refrain from eating and from praying in the facility.

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