UN hails lifting of ban on burkini by France

United Nations—The UN on Tuesday welcomed a decision by France’s highest administrative court to suspend a controversial ban on burkini swimwear, warning that the ban had fueled religious intolerance and stigmatization.
“These decrees do not improve the security situation but rather fuel religious intolerance and the stigmatization of Muslims in France, especially women,” Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN rights office, told reporters.
“Dress codes such as the anti-burkini decrees disproportionately affect women and girls, undermining their autonomy by denying them the ability to make independent decisions about how to dress, and clearly discriminate against them,” he said.
He also decried that “the manner in which the anti-burkini decrees have been implemented in some French resorts has been humiliating and degrading.”
Around 30 coastal resorts have recently banned women from wearing the full-body swimwear on their beaches, although France’s highest administrative court on Friday overturned the measure in one town, in a ruling likely to set a legal precedent which will affect the others.—Agencies

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