Protesters demonstrate against France’s burkini ban outside the French Embassy in London, August 25, 2016. © 2016 Reuters
French courts have upheld that secularism should ensure freedom of, as well as freedom from, religion. Pictured: Young woman in a burkini.
A Muslim woman wears a burkini, a swimsuit that leaves only the face, hands and feet exposed, on a beach in Marseille, France, August 17, 2016. © 2016 Reuters
“But the burkini bans are more than just unfair and discriminatory, they are also dangerous. Because linking a bathing suit to terrorist threats, without any facts to justify such a statement, endorses false and harmful narratives about Muslim communities and risks increasing tensions between communities, while hardening the feeling of injustice felt by some Muslims in France.”
France: Upholding burkini ban risks giving green light for abuse of women and girls
Failure to overturn the ban on the burkini would be a missed opportunity to end an assault on women’s freedoms of expression and religion as well as the right to non-discrimination, said Amnesty International as France’s highest administrative court considers a challenge to the ban.
A woman is allegedly compelled by police to remove an item of clothing on a Nice beach following a local “burkini ban”
“The law should protect liberties despite potential offence, potential backlash, or hypothetical disorder borne of intolerance. Instead, the burkini bans are institutionalising a social backlash against innocent Muslims.”