France’s niqab ban violates human rights, UN committee says

Source: CNN

Kenza Drider (right) ran in the 2012 French presidential election after being fined for violating the ban. She has been a high-profile critic of the country's stance on the niqab.

France’s niqab ban violates the human rights of Muslim women and risks “confining them to their homes,” the United Nations Human Rights Committee said Tuesday.

The committee said two women fined for wearing the full-face Islamic veils should be compensated and it called on France to review its controversial 2010 law banning the garment.
“The French law disproportionately harmed the petitioners’ right to manifest their religious beliefs,” the committee said in a statement, adding that France had not adequately explained the need for the ban.
“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,” they said.

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