European Human Rights Court Upholds French Burqa Ban


burqaThe European Court of Human Rights has upheld a French law that bans wearing full-face covering veils, known as burqas and niqabs for Muslims, in public and a variety of other places.

The case was brought to the court by a 24-year-old French-Muslim woman, identified only by her initials SAS, who argued that the ban on wearing the veil in public violated her freedom of religion and was “degrading treatment,” France24 reported.

In a majority ruling, the European Court’s Grand Chamber declared that the law did not violate Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which protects one’s right to privacy, and Article 9, which protects freedom of thought, conscience, and religion.

The French law, which forbids anyone to hide his or her face in a number of places, including on the street, went into effect in April 2011. France has Europe’s largest Muslim population.

France, despite its overwhelming Catholic majority, is an officially secular country, where even overt religious symbols are banned in state schools.


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  1. SOOO happy that France passed the law. Can you just imagine what would happen if Israel did?
    Riots! Rampaging hordes! Murder in the streets etc!
    And of course… condemnation from the UN’s Man in the Moon, the chief muslim in the Black House, Sec. of Mistake Baal Kerry, EU’s Dead Body, and… of course FRANCE!
    AND, to top it all off – how insensitive for the EU Court to paskin against our peace-loving cousins in their blood-thirsty-holy-month.