A new assessment released by the Islamophobia Observatory of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) stressed that he trend of outlawing veil, headscarf, hijab, niqab, and burqa in Europe deserves particular attention, especially after the decision taken on March 14 by the European Court of Justice (ECJ), which ruled that employers/companies could ban staff from wearing these particular clothes.
In its latest report, the Islamophobia Observatory based at the OIC General Secretariat in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi noted that at the time this assessment was made, at least 12 European countries have partially or fully banned veil, headscarf, hijab, niqab, and burqa i.e. France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Bulgaria, Latvia, Estonia, and Albania.
More are likely on the way with intensive debates ongoing in some countries. On this new development, the Observatory sees a pattern towards a complete ban of Muslim headscarf in Europe in the future in a manner that is somehow, beyond ‘security’ consideration. A country followed by another, made the ban part of their national law, despite the clear manifestation of social discrimination behind such policy.
The ECJ’ recent decision is therefore seen by the Observatory as just another step towards those ends, which was concluded based on observation across the time over the countries in the continent.—Email