France’s ban on full-body Islamic veil violates human rights: UN rights panel – Business Insider

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FILE PHOTO: French police and gendarmes check identity cards of women wearing full-face veils, or niqab, as they arrived to demonstrate after calls on the internet by Islamic groups to protest over an anti-Islam video, in Lille
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GENEVA (Reuters) – The U.N. Human Rights Committee said on Tuesday that France’s ban on the niqab, the full-body Islamic veil, was a violation of human rights.

France had failed to make the case for its ban and ordered it to review the legislation, the committee said in a statement.

“In particular, the Committee was not persuaded by France’s claim that a ban on face covering was necessary and proportionate from a security standpoint or for attaining the goal of “living together” in society,” it said.

The committee, a panel of independent experts who oversee countries’ compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, said France had 180 days to report back to say what actions it had taken.

(Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

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