The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva hailed last Friday’s decision by France’s highest administrative court, to suspend the controversial burkini ban adopted in the seaside resort of Villeneuve-Loubet in South France, Friday.
SOT, Cecile Pouilly, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (French): “This ban, this anti-Burkini decree, constitutes an unlawful interference with individual freedom and it is a serious attack. You know, international law and international human rights law stipulate that it is possible to limit the way we manifest these beliefs, our religion including the choice of clothing but in an extremely limited way, especially for reasons of public order, public safety, morality or public health. But these are very limited reasons and we do not seem to see them match the reality as described by the mentioned anti-Burkini decree.”
SOT, Cecile Pouilly, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (French): “The anti-Burkini decree is not a security measure. It can not meet the demands of order or public safety. On the contrary, in fact, this anti-Burkini decree tends to fuel committees against each other at a time when we need more dialogue, mutual respect, to promote efforts to combat violent extremism. This is very important at the moment in France.”
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