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Burqa debate shows no signs of abating

As signalled by SATC2, the burqa is losing none of its attraction. In Australia, a Christian Democratic MP, the Reverend Fred Nile, has tabled a bill aimed at prohibiting women from wearing the burqa which will be debated by the New South Wales Parliament in September, despite opposition from the Premier. Elsewhere in Australia, the(…)

The Month in Burqa Bans

We have written about France and the veil several times (see here) but, unfortunately, this issue is not going away. There seems to be a new development every week. Last Wednesday, the French government approved a draft law banning the wearing of garments which cover the face in public spaces. It is clear from the(…)

We Want to See Your Face: The Burqa in France, Belgium and Quebec

  On International Women’s Day, the EU Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg released a viewpoint which argued against restrictions on women’s religious dress. He stated that:  Those who have argued for a general ban of the burqa and the niqab have not managed to show that these garments in any way undermine democracy, public safety,(…)

Conseil d’État rejects proposed prohibition of burqa, niqab

The French Conseil d’État, in its capacity as advisory body rather than as administrative court of final appeal, yesterday issued a lengthy report, on the request of the Prime Minister, on the “legal possibilities surrounding the prohibition of the full veil.” This follows controversy and debate in France in recent months surrounding the wearing of(…)

'A Law of Liberation and Not A Ban': Update on France and the Burqa.

Jean-François Copé (pictured left), of the conservative French political party, the UMP, has recently tabled legislation that would make wearing the burqa or niqab in public an offence punishable by a fine of 750 euro. The draft text reads: “No one may, in spaces open to the public and on public streets, wear a garment or an(…)

France, French Identity and the Burqa: Gerin Report Due in January

As news comes that France will  follow Britain’s lead in launching a ‘national identity’ project, I am reminded to check in on the country’s latest foray into the regulation of Muslim women’s dress: the National Assembly’s Mission d’information sur la pratique du port du voile integral sur le territoire nationale. The mission was created on(…)

French face-covering ban comes into force

Against the backdrop of much fanfare and polemic, France’s controversial prohibition on face-veiling comes into force today. The law has met with derision and scepticism internationally, and internally, from a surprising source, in the guise of a police union which “denounced” the law as “unenforceable”. The law, which was passed by the Senate in September,(…)

Constitutionality of French Face-Covering Law Upheld

The Conseil Constitutionnel, France’s Constitutional Court, handed down its ruling yesterday on the constitutionality of the legislative prohibition on the wearing, in public space, of “any dress intended to cover the face” . This does not directly refer, but is nonetheless broadly intended as encompassing, the Islamic burqa and niqab – the objects of much polemic(…)

6 Months In: Mary White, Minister for Integration, Equality & Human Rights

On 23 March 2010, Mary White TD was appointed as Minister of State for Integration, Equality and Human Rights at the Department of Community and Gaeltacht Affairs. She controls a budget of 5.35 million euro. On March 27, she made this brief speech, setting out her aims for the new post. In that speech she said: We are all aware(…)

Eviction of Muslims From Western Law & Politics: Sherene Razack Interview

This post features an interview with Prof. Sherene Razack, conducted by our regular blogger Mairead Enright. Sherene Razack is professor, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Her most recent book is entitled Casting Out: The Eviction of Muslims From Western Law and Politics.(…)

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