An End to France’s Shameful Burkini Ban?


An End to France’s Shameful Burkini Ban?

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Protesters demonstrate against France’s burkini ban outside the French Embassy in London, August 25, 2016.                                                                   © 2016 Reuters

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‘A victory for the right kind of secularism’: BHA welcomes court ruling overturning burkini ban in France

‘A victory for the right kind of secularism’:
BHA welcomes court ruling overturning burkini ban in France

young woman in burkini swimming in the seaFrench courts have upheld that secularism should ensure freedom of, as well as freedom from, religion. Pictured: Young woman in a burkini.

France’s Shameful and Absurd Burkini Ban: Banning Burkini in Wake of Terror Attacks Creates Dangerous Confusion

France’s Shameful and Absurd Burkini Ban: Banning Burkini in Wake of Terror Attacks Creates Dangerous Confusion

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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.”

Amnesty International: France: Upholding burkini ban risks giving green light for abuse of women and girls

Amnesty International:
France: Upholding burkini ban risks giving green light for abuse of women and girls

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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.

This is not our secularism / Ce n’est pas notre laïcité

This is not our secularism / Ce n’est pas notre laïcitéfrance-nice-beach-police-768x461

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.”