The European Court of Human Rights has upheld the prohibition in Belgium of the use of any female veil that covers even partially the face in public.

The court considered the decision “necessary in a democratic society”
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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has confirmed on Tuesday the ban in Belgium of wearing any female veil that covers even partially the face in public, considering unanimously that no fundamental rights have been violated.

The judgment underlines that there has been no violation “of Articles 8 (respect for private and family life), 9 (freedom of thought, conscience and religion) of the European Convention on Human Rights, or Article 14 (prohibition Of discrimination). ”

At issue was the appeal of two women of Muslim religion who challenged the law of July 2011 that prohibited Muslim women from walking in public with a covert face, namely with the niqab (a veil that covers the face, except the eyes).

The ECtHR, which considered the decision “necessary in a democratic society”, followed a similar decision of 2014, validating the ban on the veil in France and which has done jurisprudence.

 

 

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