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Croatia court suspends sex education classes amid row

Croatia’s top court on Wednesday suspended sexual education lessons in all public schools, arguing that the government failed to consult parents when it introduced the classes that are fiercely opposed by conservative groups and the Catholic Church, the Associated Press reported. The suspension came after complaints from two Church-backed conservative associations, a right-wing party and a citizens’ group. All sexual education classes will be on hold in state primary and high schools until the court rules on whether the lessons comply with Croatia’s constitution. Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic, whose centre-left government introduced the classes in February to raise awareness of sexual health, said the current curriculum was “in line with the Constitution”. Almost 90% of Croatia’s population of 4.2 million are Roman Catholics and the Church has a strong influence in the country, the report said.