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European Court of Human Rights Rulings
Restriction on Religious Freedom of Muslim Women Legitimate, says Strasbourg Court
"London, 11 July 2014
On 1 July, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) issued its judgment in S.A.S. v France, in which it considered a French law in force since 2011 which bans the concealment of oneâ€™s face in public. The applicant, a Muslim woman who sometimes wears a niqab or burqa in public, complained that the law violated her rights to respect for her private life, freedom of religion and freedom from discrimination, amongst others, under the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR). In a controversial and unwelcome decision, the Court found no violation of Convention rights, holding that the restriction placed on the applicantâ€™s religious freedom and private life by the law could be justified by a desire to guarantee that everyone can â€œlive togetherâ€ in society. "
Source: Equal Rights Trust, http://www.equalrightstrust.org/newsstory110714/index.htm
Case summary available at: http://www.equalrightstrust.org/ertdocumentbank/Court%20Watch%20-%20SAS%...
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