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Tuesday, 12 April 2011
Banning the veil
Amnesty International has condemned the detention of several people, including two women wearing the full-face veil, who were protesting against the new law banning the burka being worn in public in France. Police said the people were detained for joining an unauthorised protest in central Paris.
John Dalhuisen, Europe and Central Asia Programme Director at Amnesty International said of the ban:
“Women in France have the right to freedom of religion and expression. They must also be free to protest when this right is violated. This law puts France to shame – a country that prides itself on the human rights it claims to promote and protect, freedom of expression included.”
I would support heavy penalties for anyone who coerces a woman to wear the veil, and I think there are certain jobs for which it cannot be worn and situations where it is necesssary to show the face (especially in the interests of security.) I personally object to the concept that a woman must cover her whole body and face in the interests of modesty, I have never heard anything which suggests to me it is a necessary part of Islam, but at the same time I cannot see how an individual's choice to wear the veil in public poses any threat to human rights or civil liberties. It disturbs me to hear of people being detained for what seemed to be peaceful protest. What do people think?