French Court Says Burkinis Ban By Mayors Is Not Lawful

August 26, 2016 10:48 pm0 commentsViews: 341

The highest administrative court of France has suspended the ban on burkinis in the town of Villeneuve-Loubet, Near Nice, saying the Mayors enjoy no right to do so.

French Court Says Burkinis Ban By Mayors Is Now Lawful

Burkinis are swimsuits that cover whole body except the face, hands and feet. It is mostly worn by Muslim women and currently has been banned in more than thirty French towns.

According to officials, such bans are in response to growing terror concerns following a series of terror attacks in France.

In July a truck rampage killed at least eighty people in the beach town Nice and few days later two attackers stabbed to death an old priest in northern France.

Human rights activists have hailed the court ruling saying such bans are illegal and are a gesture of Islamophobic.

Amnesty International Europe Director John Dalhuisen said, “By overturning a discriminatory ban that is fueled by and is fueling prejudice and intolerance, today’s decision has drawn an important line in the sand.”

It is yet to be seen how the towns will respond to the court’s decision as henceforth the mayors may face legal challenges if the ban on burkinis continue.

The court decision was just an initial ruling and more detailed judgment would arrive in future related to the legal issues in wearing burkinis.

Meanwhile, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and former French President Nicolas Sarkozy are supporting the ban.

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