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Ban on religious wear is “not discriminatory”

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ANGRY: Bana Gora (CEO, Muslim Women’s Council) delivering a speech on Muslim Women’s Rights

ANGRY: Bana Gora (CEO, Muslim Women’s Council) delivering a speech on Muslim Women’s Rights

 

Outrage after European Court of Justice (ECJ) says Employers are entitled to ban workers from the "visible wearing of any political, philosophical or religious sign”

In a devastating blow to human rights and the right to religious freedom, this week’s  ruling from the ECJ, which says employers have the right to ban any visible religious attire and signs, has caused outrage.

The case was prompted after Samira Achbita, a receptionist for global company G4S in Belgium was fired from her job, after three years with the company, when she began to wear a headscarf to work.

She claimed she was being discriminated against because of her religion But when the Belgian's court of cassation referred the case to the EU's top court for clarification, they cleared G4S of any discriminatory charges.

G4S claimed in their workplace regulations  they forbid employees "from wearing any visible signs of their political, philosophical or religious beliefs and/or from engaging in any observance of such beliefs.”

This is the court's first decision on the issue of Islamic headscarves at work and whilst they have instigated the ruling, it must be based on internal company policy requiring all employees to "dress neutrally.”

Covering up: Muslim women wear the hijab for modesty as part of their faith

Covering up: Muslim women wear the hijab for modesty as part of their faith

 

Now human rights groups say that the suggestion that the hijab is not part of a “neutral” dress code merely implies that it is a provocation, and it only serves to undercut the religious freedoms of Muslim women, a group who are already bearing the brunt of rising Islamophobia in Europe

Bana Gora (CEO, Muslim Women’s Council) said: “This ruling is a violation of women’s rights and autonomy.

“Given the alarming rise in hate crimes, the timing of this ruling will only embolden growing far-right sentiment which has been resurrected since Brexit.

“Instead of focussing on the hijab, which has been so grossly dissected by the media and politicians alike, we must focus on the more pressing issues on our doorstep. The last thing we want to do is to alienate Muslim women who are already heavily disenfranchised.”   

FREEDOM: 2012 saw the first Sikh men given permission to wear turban in armed forces

FREEDOM: 2012 saw the first Sikh men given permission to wear turban in armed forces

 

Of course, the ban doesn’t just have implications for the female Muslim community; Sikh men who wear the turban may face persecution in the workplace now as a result of the ruling.

Only in 2012, were communities celebrating the first Sikh guardsman to be given permission to wear a turban instead of a bearskin while on duty outside Buckingham Palace. This ruling now threatens to undermine the progress made by a range of religious and minority groups to express their freedom in the workplace.

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Burkini beach riot

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BEACH BAN: Burkinis will not be allowed to be worn on Corsican beaches

BEACH BAN: Burkinis will not be allowed to be worn on Corsican beaches

Corsica follows Nice in imposing a ban on controversial beachwear

The Mayor of Corsica has this week announced a ban of the modesty swimwear – known as burkinis – from local beaches after a violent riot broke out following a tourist photographing a Muslim family.

Tensions on the idyllic island are still running high after the mass brawl broke out on a beach between villagers and three Muslim families.

In the usually peaceful commune of Sisco, four people were injured – including one man who was harpooned.

Riot police were later called to prevent a crowd of 200 Corsicans marching into a housing estate with a high population of people of North African origin, shouting ‘this is our home’.

A police investigation is under way to determine the cause of the violent brawl.

Witnesses told local media that a father from one of the Muslim families complained about someone taking a photograph of his wife. A quarrel took place and a group of teenagers are reported to have then called their parents.

The local deputy prosecutor said four people, including a pregnant woman, were taken to hospital for treatment, while bottles and stones were thrown, and three cars were set alight. About 100 police officers attended the scene whilst a police cordon was set up to protect the Muslim families.

Full-body swimsuits, known as ‘burkinis’, have also been banned from the beaches of Cannes this month, with the mayor citing ‘public order concerns’ in his reasoning.

Cannes’ mayor, David Lisnard,  labelled the swimwear a ‘symbol of Islamic extremism’ after announcing the new legislation, adding that anyone caught flouting the rule could face a fine of £33.

The burkini ban follows France’s banning of the full Islamic vale, known as the burka, back in 2011, as well as the partial face covering material – a niqab.

The new ruling reads: “Access to beaches and for swimming is banned to any person wearing improper clothes that are not respectful of good morals and secularism.

“Beachwear which ostentatiously displays religious affiliation, when France and places of worship are currently the target of terrorist attacks, is liable to create risks of disrupting public order.”

The ruling came into force for the first time at the end of July with no persons yet being apprehended for wearing burkinis.

Mr Lisnard also told local media that other religious symbols would still be permitted on Cannes’ beaches – including the Kippah and Christian cross.

He said: “I simply forbid a uniform that is the symbol of Islamic extremism.

“We live in a common public space, there are rules to follow.”

On 14th July, at the nearby Riviera city of Nice, 85 people were killed by a Daesh extremist who ploughed a truck into crowds packed onto the seafront as they celebrated the French national holiday.

Less than two weeks later, a priest was killed in the North of France by two attackers who claimed their allegiance to Daesh.

Where burkas and niqab are banned

  • France, since 2004
  • Belgium, since 2011
  • Chad, since 2015
  • Cameroon, in five provinces, since 2015
  • Diffa, Niger, since 2015
  • Brazaville, Congo, since 2015
  • Tessin, Switzerland, since 2016

 

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Donald Trump’s Muslim ban is condemned by fellow Republica Member Paul Ryan

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RACIST: Trump wants a ban on all immigrants into the US

RACIST: Trump wants a ban on all immigrants into the US

Not all Republicans want Muslims out of the US 

US Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposed ban of immigrants and visitors into the US was condemned by House Speaker Paul Ryan at a lobby for the Republican National Committee on Tuesday.

He said: “What was proposed yesterday is not what this party stands for and more importantly, it’s not what this country stands for. Not only are there many Muslims serving in our armed forces, dying for this country, there are Muslims serving right here in the House working every day to uphold and defend the constitution.”

Paul Ryan went on to say: “Some of our best and biggest allies in this struggle and fight against radical Islamic terror are Muslims, the vast, vast, vast majority of whom are peaceful, who believe in pluralism and freedom, democracy and individual rights.”

Trump’s comments came in response to a mass shooting and attempted bombing by a husband and wife in San Bernardino, California on 2nd December.

 DEFENCE: Paul Ryan has criticised Donald Trump

DEFENCE: Paul Ryan has criticised Donald Trump

14 people were killed and more than 20 were injured when the couple targeted a training event and holiday party, opening fire on about 80 employees in a rented banquet room. The FBI believes the couple was radicalized by al Qaeda. American-born Syed Rizwan Farook was of Pakistani descent and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, entered the US on a fiancée visa.

A reporter at the lobby asked if Ryan would support Trump if he became the Republican nominee for president. He replied: “I’m going to support whoever the Republican nominee is...and I’m going to stand up for what I believe in as I do that.”

Celebrities have been vocal about their distaste for Trump’s racist proposals. Muhammad Ali, the Muslim former boxing world champion, said: “I believe that our political leaders should use their position to bring understanding about the religion of Islam.”

Recent polls suggest that Trump continues to connect with ‘ordinary’ American voters. Republicans broadly back his stance on banning Muslims entering the US until security can be improved.

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