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France’s hijab ban violates human rights, UN committee

France’s hijab ban violates human rights, UN committee

Following complaints by two French Muslim women, fined for wearing a full-body veil or niqab, a UN Committee of independent human rights experts ruled in their favour on Tuesday, stating that their freedom to practice their religion had been infringed.

The Committee, mandated with monitoring the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, received the two complaints in 2016.

The women had been prosecuted, convicted and fined in 2012 for wearing the niqab, based on a 2010 French law which stipulates that “no one may, in a public space, wear any article of clothing intended to conceal the face.” The law has the effect of banning the wearing of the full Islamic veil in public, which covers the whole body, leaving only a narrow slit for the eyes.

The Committee of 18 independent experts from around the world, stated in two rulings, that the right to practice one’s religion includes the wearing of distinctive clothing and head coverings.

“The State has not demonstrated how the full veil presents a threat in itself for public security to justify this absolute ban,” the decision read, adding that the French Government had not adequately explained why hiding one’s face is forbidden for religious reasons, while it is authorized in other contexts such as sports, or artistic settings.

The experts also concluded that the ban, rather than protecting fully veiled women, could have the effect of confining them to their homes, impeding their access to public services and marginalizing them.

The Committee acknowledged that Governments’ law enforcement entities must be able “in some circumstances” to demand that individuals show their faces, meaning they would have to uncover them in specific and “concrete situations”, where public security was at stake, or for formal identification purposes.

Committee members noted, however, that the scope of the French law was not limited to such specific contexts and that it prevents people from hiding their faces in public spaces “at all times”.

“The decisions are not directed against the notion of secularity, nor are they an endorsement of a custom which many on the Committee, including myself, regard as a form of oppression of women,” said Yuval Shany, Chair of the Committee.

He explained that the decisions reflected the position that a general criminal ban did not allow for a reasonable balance between public interests and individual rights.

Anyone can bring an alleged violation of human rights to the attention of the United Nations committees tasked with monitoring the realization of various international human rights treaties, and thousands of people around the world do so every year. Once a case has been deemed admissible and a decision has been made, there is no possibility to appeal against the committees’ decisions, as they are final.

If a committee concludes that a violation of a treaty has taken place, the decisions – which are not legally-binding – offer recommendations for the State involved in the case, which then has 180 days to provide information on the steps it has taken to implement those recommendations.

In these two specific cases, recommendations include a compensation of the two petitioners, and measures to prevent similar violations in the future, including a review of the 2010 law.

The Human Rights Committee monitors States parties’ adherence to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which to date has been ratified by 172 States parties. The Committee is made up of 18 members who are independent human rights experts drawn from around the world, who serve in their personal capacity and not as representatives of States parties.

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2018 in News, Sex !

 

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Chicago Muslims Launch Hijab Billboard Campaign

Chicago Muslims Launch Hijab Billboard Campaign

OAKBROOK TERRACE – With billboards that draw a similarity between Islamic hijab and the veiled Virgin Mary, a Muslim group from Chicago launched a billboard campaign on Monday to inform people about hijab in Illinois.

“Wearing the hijab is 100% my choice. As contrary to the popular belief, hijab in no way oppresses us. In fact, it indicates the opposite as hijab symbolizes the power to women, and not inferiority,” Sara Ahmed, GainPeace volunteer, told WGNTV on Monday.

Islam sees hijab as an obligatory code of dress, not just a religious symbol displaying one’s affiliations.

The billboards are the first of their kind in the country, designed by a group called GainPeace, which encourages non-Muslim Americans to contact the organization for a better understanding of why Muslim women wear the hijab.

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“Hijab is a simple yet powerful reminder of strength. I stand here today so that generations tomorrow don’t feel deprived or threatened by their choice of dress,” Kiran Malik, GainPeace volunteer, said.

“So that they may have the courage to stand by their beliefs, and so that this piece of cloth doesn’t label them or categorize them with an unwanted label.”

Speaking during the news conference, the female organizers of GainPeace spoke about hatred they have encountered while wearing a hijab.

GainPeace hopes this campaign will help different religious groups in the US have a better understanding of Islam.

They say they’ve already gotten many phone calls, most of which have been positive.

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Posted by on February 21, 2018 in Relax, Sex !

 

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Donald Trump led me to embrace Islam !

Donald Trump’s Hateful Rhetoric Led this Woman to Embrace Islam

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A year ago Lisa Shanklin began reading the Qur’an after seeing Trump’s hateful rhetoric, She then began interacting with Muslims and eventually decided to embrace Islam, She has vowed to begin wearing the hijab on 20th January 2017 – the day Donald Trump will be inaugurated as President. She states:

It was Trump’s hateful rhetoric that led me a year ago to pick up the Quran (I hadn’t read since studying comparative religions at university) and study it closely. This led me to begin interacting with muslims, and eventually to embracing Islam for myself. For that I am so thankful.

I have now decided that on Inauguration Day: January 20, 2017; I will begin wearing hijab in public at all times. I have been reluctant to do so thus far, mainly because I was not raised muslim; and I did not want to represent almost 2 billion Muslims to the average Jane or Joe on the street. But now I say I only represent me. I do not have all the answers about a centuries old religion, I am not always in a good mood, etc. But I will stand against HATE of any kind towards others. Trump won’t need to give me a badge to wear. I will PROUDLY wear hijab and I will call people out on their bigotry of all kinds privately and publicly!

 

source: http://ilmfeed.com/donald-trumps-hateful-rhetoric-led-this-woman-to-embrace-islam/

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2016 in News, Relax

 

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Wearing hijab helps body confidence

British Muslim women who wear the hijab feel generally better about their body image than those who don’t wear the hijab suggests research published in the British Journal of Psychology.

The research, conducted by Dr Viren Swami from the University of Westminster and colleagues looked at body image issues amongst British Muslim women.

Dr Swami explained: “In the West anxiety about body image, for women, is so prevalent it’s considered normal. This study aimed to explore how these attitudes differ within a British Muslim community.”

A total of 587 Muslim women aged from 18 to 70 years from London participated in a number of tests. From this group 218 women stated they never used the hijab and 369 women said they used some form of the hijab at least now and then.

Participants undertook a number of questionnaires that asked them to rate their own feelings of body dissatisfaction, how much pressure the media put on them to be attractive and how religious they were. They were also asked to match their own figure to a set of female silhouette images that ranged from emaciated to obese.

The results showed that women who wore the hijab generally had a more positive body image, were less influenced by the media’s beauty ideals and placed less importance on appearance.

Dr Swami said: “Although the results showed only a small difference between those who wear or don’t wear the hijab it does suggest the hijab offers Muslim women a small protective effect in terms of feeling positive about their body image. It appears that those who choose to wear it are better able to distance themselves from the Western thin ideal.

“These results may have useful implications for intervention programmes aimed at promoting healthier body image among Muslim women in the West. For example, by identifying those aspects of hijab use that are associated with more positive body appreciation in future studies, it might be possible to isolate factors that can be targeted in intervention programmes.”

The journal, entitled “Is the Hijab Protective? An Investigation of Body Image and Related Constructs Among British Muslim Women”, can be accessed here.

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Posted by on September 25, 2014 in Sex !

 

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Belgian ‘Ghent city’ cancels a six-year-old ban on hijab

BRUSSELS — A Belgian city has rescinded a six-year-old ban on the wearing of hijab, allowing civil servants to don the religious outfit, to the jubilance of the Muslim community.

“This is a historic turning point for ethnic and cultural minorities,” Naima Charkaoui, director of Forum of Minorities, told Reuters on Tuesday, May 28.

Ghent city, Belgium’s third largest, has banned the wearing of hijab in 2007 after center-right parties dominated the city council.

The ban has prevented Muslim women in headscarves from sitting at public counters in city offices.

A similar ban on hijab was introduced in 2007 in Belgium’s second city Antwerp.

But the ban has prompted calls for removing the ban and granting Muslims the right to wear what they want.

More than 10,000 residents, or about five times the number required to call for a vote, have signed a petition to ask for lifting the hijab ban.

The citizen action was organized by the Forum of Minorities group.

Reaching the city council, currently dominated by Socialist and Green majority, the issue was debated for four hours until midnight Monday.

After lengthy debates, 29 of the city council’s 51 members voted to rescind the ban on the wearing of religious or political symbols for city officials dealing with the public.

Islam sees hijab as an obligatory code of dress, not a religious symbol displaying one’s affiliations.

The Muslim headscarf came into storm since France banned the wearing of hijab in public places in 2004.

Several European countries have followed the French suit, amid raging debates in other states about the Muslim outfit.

Belgian Muslims are estimated at 450,000 – out of a 10-million-population.

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2013 in News

 

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Outrage in Russia over hijab school ban

The hijab ban won flaks from Russian scholars for violating the right of Muslim students to practice religion

Moscow – Several Muslim families pulled their daughters out of schools in Russia’s south after the girls were told they were not allowed to wear their hijabs, a top Muslim said on Monday.

The Mufti of the southern Stavropol region Muhammad-Haji Rakhimov said he had received complaints from several parents whose daughters were for the first time not being allowed into their schools wearing their hijabs.

The situation resembles a “stalemate” because both the Muslim parents and school authorities refuse to budge, and several girls including second-graders have not been to school for two weeks now, he said.

“The parents of these girls are not letting them go to school, which can lead to the child welfare services taking them away,” Rakhimov said.



Sudden change

He could not explain the authorities’ sudden change in school policies.

“There have not been any problems before this month.”

He added that there were now “many girls” in the Stavropol region who were being kept out of school for this reason, and their parents were too poor to send them to private schools.

One such institution is a rural public school in the village of Kara-Tyube, close to the overwhelmingly Muslim region of Dagestan.

The school’s list of rules posted on its website says that students’ appearance should be in line with the “business style used in a secular society, excluding provocative elements”.

Russia’s pro-government newspaper Izvestiya quoted the school’s director Marina Savchenko as saying that girls would not be permitted in class in their hijabs, but that they could wear ordinary headscarves instead. It added that the parents had filed a complaint with the local prosecutor.

There are about 20 million Muslims in Russia, most of them living in the mountainous North Caucasus, as well as in Tatarstan and Bashkortostan on the Volga River.

http://www.islamophobiatoday.com/2012/10/17/outrage-in-russia-over-hijab-school-ban/

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2012 in News

 

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