Jun 10 2011
A Muslim husband and wife are using a British legal team to launch a landmark human rights challenge to the French ban on face-covering veils. The couple are taking the French government to the European Court of Human Rights over its prohibition on wearing the niqab and burka in a case of importance across the European Union.
Asian Image – They are seeking damages and a ruling that the ban on the full-face veil is “unnecessary, disproportionate and unlawful”.They also contend the blanket ban restricts their right to free movement across the EU. The husband is a French national living with his wife and two children in the West Midlands.
They are being represented by Robina Shah from the Birmingham-based Immigration Advisory Service, who has lodged their application with the human rights court in Strasbourg, and barrister Ramby de Mello.
Ms Shah said: “The case clearly is of importance to my clients. As a result of the ban they have had to leave their country of nationality, as the ban restricts their freedom of choice, and that of their daughters.”
The couple wish to remain anonymous, saying there is “considerable hostility” in both the UK and France to Muslim women who go fully veiled in public. (And thanks to muslim scum like you, there will be even more hostility toward muslims)
Documents sent to Strasbourg say the couple “wish to reside and work in France”, where they have strong family connections. Because of the recent laws banning the wearing of full-face veils, “they have considerable reservations about living there on a permanent basis”. (You are free to leave anytime)
The application states the principal applicant is the husband who “expects and instructs” his wife to wear the burqa, a full-body covering that includes a mesh over the face, as well as the niqab, a face veil that only leaves an opening for the eyes. (And in France, the husband can be fined and/or jailed for this)
But he will be at risk of prosecution under French law if he crosses the Channel because he will admit that “he expects and instructs his wife to wear the niqab/burqa”. The wife, the second applicant in the case, is not forced by her husband to wear the niqab, “but he expects her to do so in public in keeping with his religious and cultural expectation and his authority as her husband”.
She “respects and follows” her husband’s instructions “out of her own free will”, the Strasbourg court is being told.(Oh right, sure she does) She is seeking £10,000 damages for “injury to feelings” caused by the alleged French breach of human rights laws. (Oh BOO HOO, here we go again, a muslim’s wittle fweewings got hurt. Nobody gives a damn. Grow up you crybaby baghead)
When she wears the niqab “she feels at inner peace with herself and her surroundings and is cocooned from the outer world”, say her lawyers. (Well normal people feel outward fear that perhaps there is a bomb underneath that garbage bag on her head)
At such times she can “concentrate on her innermost thoughts” and “manifest her religious and personal beliefs in public places”. (Then go to Saudi Arabia) Both husband and wife also expect their elder daughter, also a French national, to wear a niqab and burqa
The wife’s case before the European court is that the French ban breaches the European Convention on Human Rights in many respects. These include the right to respect for private and family life and not to be subjected to inhuman or degrading treatment. The ban is also alleged to interfere with the wife’s right to freedom of expression and “to dress as she pleases in public and to manifest her religious and personally held beliefs in public.”
Denying them the right to go to the court would leave them in the unsatisfactory position of having to return to France and risk prosecution, or remain in the UK for fear of persecution, interfering with their right to free movement. (They can have all the free movement they want in the Middle East. Get the hell out of Europe where its obvious muslims are no longer welcome)