Published On: Mon, Mar 8th, 2021
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Face veil ban ‘violates women’s rights’: Amnesty International

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Islamabad: Amnesty International Switzerland said that face veil ban is discriminatory and violates women’s rights.

Ahead Sunday’s popular vote on banning the face veil in Switzerland, Cyrielle Huguenot, Head of Women’s Rights at Amnesty International Switzerland said:

“The proposed face veil ban cannot in any way be viewed as measure for the liberation of women. Rather, it is a dangerous policy that violates women’s rights, including to freedom of expression and religion. This ban would have a particularly negative impact on Muslim women who choose to wear the niqab or burqa. If we really want to respect women’s rights, we should let women decide what they want to wear.”

“A ban of this type would be discriminatory. It also carries the risk of stigmatizing women belonging to an already marginalised group, cementing stereotypes about people and increasing intolerance, ” Cyrielle Huguenot said.