Saturday, 15 July 2017

ECHR upholds Belgium’s ban on burqas and full-face Islamic veils

Bill Johnson
There is without doubt a serious problem of security for the general public and also the identity of potential criminals would be nigh impossible if the full Muslim/Islamic veil had been allowed to continue to be worn in public? 
Let’s congratulate Belgium for imposing this ban and seeing common sense and lets get see the rest of Europe take up and apply this sensible law, a law rgat if enforced will result in the benefit to everyone especially the oppressed and brow beaten Muslim woman who feel they are compelled to wear this ridiculous attire.

Lizzie Dearden, Independent, July 11, 2017:
Belgium’s ban on burqas and other full-face Islamic veils has been upheld by the European Court of Human Rights.
Judges said the nationwide prohibition, which came into effect in 2011, did not violate the rights to private and family life and freedom of religion, or discrimination laws.
The court found Belgium had the right to impose restrictions aiming to ensure the principles of “living together” and the “protection of the rights and freedoms of others”.
Its ruling said the government had been responding “to a practice that it considered to be incompatible, in Belgian society, with social communication and more generally the establishment of human relations, which were indispensable for life in society…essential to ensure the functioning of a democratic society”.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) dismissed two separate cases – one appealing Belgium’s nationwide ban and another on a 2008 by-law adopted by three municipalities.
The first case was brought by two women – Samia Belcacemi and Yamina Oussar – who previously attempted to have the law suspended and annulled at the Constitutional Court in Brussels.
They both gave evidence on how the ban has affected their lives as Muslim women who choose to wear the niqab, which covers the face except for the eyes.
Ms Belcacemi said she initially continued to wear the veil in public but removed it over fear of being jailed or fined, while Ms Oussar said the law has forced her to stay at home.