Law of Belgium

European rights official attacks burka bans

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Agence France-Presse July 20, 2011

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Banning the burka and niqab in public places threatens to exclude women, not liberate them, a top European human rights official said Wednesday.

Photograph by: Gonzalo Fuentes, Reuters

STRASBOURG – Banning the burka and niqab in public places threatens to exclude women, not liberate them, a top European human rights official said Wednesday.

And letting a relatively minor problem become such a major issue was a “sad capitulation” to xenophobia, Council of Europe human rights commissioner Thomas Hammarberg added.

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