Banning the veil does not violate religious freedom

by Ivano Abbadessa - 2017.07.12

Prohibition of the niqab, the Islamic veil that leaves only the eyes visible, does not violate the European Convention on Human Rights. This was established by the Strasbourg Court who rejected the appeals of three Muslims who were opposed to the ban on wearing headscarves that cover the face, in force in Belgium. According to the judges, in fact, the Belgian law "can be considered proportionate with the aim of ensuring coexistence and social relations but also to the rights and freedom of women." In essence, this prohibition may be considered "necessary in a democratic society." With this decision, the Court has confirmed its earlier ruling, which started in 2014 with the case of the burqa ban in France.

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