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UN committee slams French ‘burqa ban’ for ‘violating’ rights

GENEVA: The UN Human Rights Committee on Tuesday criticised France's so-called burqa ban, saying the law violated the rights of two women who were fined for wearing full-face veils in public. The committee called for the women to be compensated and for a review of the 2010 law that forbids people from publicly wearing clothing that conceals their face. "The French law disproportionately harmed the petitioners' right to manifest their religious beliefs," the committee said in a statement. It added that it was not…

Swiss vote on regional ‘burqa ban’, GMOs

GENEVA: A referendum in Switzerland's northeastern St Gallen region Sunday is expected to usher in a "burqa ban", making it the second Swiss canton to prohibit all face-covering garments in public spaces. At the same time, voters across Switzerland are being asked to cast their ballots on initiatives aimed at boosting local farming and promoting "ethical standards" in food production, including turning a moratorium on genetically modified crops into a full-out ban. St Gallen is expected to follow the example of the…

Woman fined $156 for wearing face veil in Denmark

HELSINKI: A 28-year-old woman wearing a face veil has become the first person in Denmark to be fined for violating a new law banning such garments in public places. Danish news agency Ritzau reported that police were called to a shopping centre in Horsholm, a city of some 46,000 inhabitants close to Copenhagen, on Friday to confront a woman wearing a niqab garment covering her face. The woman was slapped with a fine of 1,000 Danish kroner ($156) and requested to either remove the veil or leave the premises.…

Man dressed as shark arrested under burka ban in Austria

VIENNA: Austria’s new burqa ban became a cynosure once again and this for a bizarre reason when a man dressed as a massive shark was arrested. The arrested occurred when the man was standing outside a shop called McShark, dressed up as a shark in order to promote the new tech store in Vienna. Police officers approached him and demanded he remove his shark head, under the new law that bans full face coverings in public places. When he refused, claiming he was ‘just doing his job’, they arrested him and gave him a fine.…