Tuesday, July 11, 2017

European Court Upholds Belgium's Full Veil Ban; Rejects Discriminatory Charge by Muslim Women

The European Court of Human Rights upheld Belgium's ban on the Islamic full-face veil today (July 11, 2017), rejecting a legal challenge by two Muslim women to wear the niqab, according to the Euro News website.

The court in Strasbourg, France found that the 2011 Belgian law banning clothing that covers the face was not discriminatory and did not violate freedom of religion.

The court argued that Belgium had the right to enforce this ban because it is "necessary in a democratic society" for the "protection of the rights and freedoms of others."

By wearing the full veil in public, women risk being fined and serving up to seven days in jail.

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