Boris Johnson urged to speak out against EU hijab ban – Middle East Monitor


A prominent British parliamentary group on Monday urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson to denounce the recent ruling by an EU court banning Muslim women from wearing a hijab or headscarf in the workplace, Anadolu Agency reports.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Muslims denounced the decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ), claiming that the judgment affects not only Muslims but also people of other faiths, and that the headscarf is not only a religious symbol but a fundamental part of their identity.

“This judgment sets a dangerous precedent for its impact on Muslims but also Jews, Sikhs, Christians and people of other faiths. This decision not only threatens personal freedoms, but creates additional barriers in the workplace, especially for Muslim women, and opens the door to justifying further discrimination and Islamophobia, ”the APPG said.

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“We urge you to speak out against this decision which threatens fundamental freedoms. We ask you to raise this issue with your European counterparts and to stress the importance of human rights, including freedom of religion and belief. . “

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The APPG also denounced numerous errors in the decision of the ECJ – which maintains that the hijab is a “sign of large size” which symbolizes “political, philosophical or religious beliefs”.

The group, instead, explained that the idea of ​​the hijab is not just a headscarf, but a way millions of women choose to dress.

He established a contradiction between the judgment and Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which allows freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

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The letter to the Prime Minister was signed by a number of multi-party MPs, including Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Naz Shah, Steve Baker, Afzal Khan and Kristen Oswald.

On July 15, the CJEU upheld the right of private employers to fire employees who wear the hijab or other religious symbols. The ruling stems from two cases of German Muslim women being fired from their respective jobs for wearing the headscarf.

Although German courts have ruled that the dismissal of Muslim women is discriminatory and contrary to the country’s Constitution, the ECJ has ruled otherwise.

The decision states that companies in member states can prohibit employees from wearing headscarves if they “must present a neutral image to customers”.


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