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U.N. Calls On France To Review Law Banning Face Veils, Says It Violates Human Rights

The United Nations Human Rights Committee ruled on Tuesday that France's law banning face veil is a human rights violation.…

The United Nations Human Rights Committee ruled on Tuesday that France’s law banning face veil is a human rights violation. Two women, who were fined in 2012 for wearing a full face veil called a niqab, brought the case before the entity in 2016.

“The Committee found that the general criminal ban on the wearing of the niqab in public introduced by The French law disproportionately harmed the petitioners’ right to manifest their religious beliefs and that France had not adequately explained why it was necessary to prohibit this clothing, “a statement from the committee said.

” Rather than protecting fully veiled women, [the ban] kan ha den motsatte effekten eller begrense deres adgang til offentlige tjenester og marginalisere dem, “udtalelsen fortsatte.

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80 dage til at kompensere de to kvinder, der har lavet de klage og rapport tilbage til det udvalg om “foranstaltninger taget for at forhindre lignende overtrædelser i fremtiden, herunder ved at gennemgå loven i spørgsmålet.”

 GettyImages-468078109 A woman wearing a niqab, a type of full veil, walks in a street in Roubaix, France on January 9, 2014. The UN Human Rights Committee ruled that France’s ban on face veil is a human rights violation. Philippe Huguen / AFP / Getty

Meanwhile, a spokesperson from the French Foreign Ministry defended the ban, saying that the covering of the face was “incompatible with the principle of fraternity og de grundlæggende værdier af et demokratisk og åbent samfund, “ifølge Agence France-Presse. The spokesperson added that previous rulings made by France’s constitutional court and the European Court of Human Rights said that the law did not violate religious freedom.

France passed the law in 2010 and began enforcing it in 2011. Under the law, those found wearing a face-veil in public could be fined up to $ 172.

“The government is preparing measures to inform people, necessary for the law to be properly applied, especially for the attention of people who harm the founding principles of our democracy by extreme behavior, “France’s former Prime Minister Francois Fillon said after the country’s Constitutional Council approved the law. He noticed that it was “an important decision to confirm the values ​​of the Republic with respect for freedom of conscience and religion,” Agence France-Presse reported.

In 2014, the European Court of Human Rights found that the ban did not violate the European Convention on Human Rights following a Muslim woman’s claim that the law prevents her from living according to her religious beliefs, culture and personal convictions.

France became the first country in Europe to enact such a ban. Verschillende landen waaronder Oostenrijk, België, Bulgarije, Denemarken, Nederland en de delen van Zwitserland hebben dezelfde regels in effect.

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