France - UN States France's Burka Ban Violates Human Rights


The United Nations has said that France’s ban on the burqa - the face-concealing Islamic veil - is a violation of human rights. "France has failed to make the case for its ban" the committee said.

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In particular, the Committee was not persuaded by France’s claim that a ban on face-covering was necessary and proportionate from a security standpoint or for attaining the goal of ‘living together’ in society.
Decisions made by the committee are not legally binding, but under an optional protocol of the treaty, France has an international legal obligation to comply “in good faith." The committee said the ban disproportionately harmed their right to practice their religious beliefs and could lead to them being confined at home and marginalized.

It also ordered France to pay compensation to the two women.

The committee’s chair, Yuval Shany, said the findings were not an endorsement of the full-body veil and that he and several others on the 18-member panel considered it a form of oppression.

In the summer, French coastal towns banned women from wearing the Islam-compliant “burkinis" on public beaches.

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