The French prohibition on veiling in public places: rights evolution or violation?

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/594480
Title:
The French prohibition on veiling in public places: rights evolution or violation?
Authors:
Hill, Ryan W.
Abstract:
In 2011, France introduced a prohibition on wearing face-concealing garments in all public places. Particularly captured by the prohibition was the small number of Muslim women veiling in France. The French government’s rationales for the prohibition include the protection of public social order and equality. Including all public places rather than certain public institutions shifts the focus of an earlier similar prohibition. This article suggests that this shift may be symptomatic of a disturbing polemic that sees freedom understood in a narrow sense that is largely antagonistic to religion and difference. The article provides evidence and argument to support this suggestion. It proposes that any related petition brought to a human rights court must be on the lookout for this polemic which, if influencing the prohibition, would lead to the pursuit of an aim that is dubious in terms of human rights, specifically the right to freedom of religion.
Affiliation:
University of Essex
Citation:
Hill, R.W. (2012) 'The French Prohibition on Veiling in Public Places: Rights Evolution or Violation?'. Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 2 (2):417
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Journal:
Oxford Journal of Law and Religion
Issue Date:
14-Dec-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/594480
DOI:
10.1093/ojlr/rws044
Additional Links:
http://ojlr.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/doi/10.1093/ojlr/rws044
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
2047-0770; 2047-0789
Appears in Collections:
Centre for Research in Law (CRiL)

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorHill, Ryan W.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-01-21T12:04:17Zen
dc.date.available2016-01-21T12:04:17Zen
dc.date.issued2012-12-14en
dc.identifier.citationHill, R.W. (2012) 'The French Prohibition on Veiling in Public Places: Rights Evolution or Violation?'. Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 2 (2):417en
dc.identifier.issn2047-0770en
dc.identifier.issn2047-0789en
dc.identifier.doi10.1093/ojlr/rws044en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/594480en
dc.description.abstractIn 2011, France introduced a prohibition on wearing face-concealing garments in all public places. Particularly captured by the prohibition was the small number of Muslim women veiling in France. The French government’s rationales for the prohibition include the protection of public social order and equality. Including all public places rather than certain public institutions shifts the focus of an earlier similar prohibition. This article suggests that this shift may be symptomatic of a disturbing polemic that sees freedom understood in a narrow sense that is largely antagonistic to religion and difference. The article provides evidence and argument to support this suggestion. It proposes that any related petition brought to a human rights court must be on the lookout for this polemic which, if influencing the prohibition, would lead to the pursuit of an aim that is dubious in terms of human rights, specifically the right to freedom of religion.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherOxford University Pressen
dc.relation.urlhttp://ojlr.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/doi/10.1093/ojlr/rws044en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Oxford Journal of Law and Religionen
dc.subjectveilingen
dc.subjectFranceen
dc.subjectIslamen
dc.subjecthuman rightsen
dc.titleThe French prohibition on veiling in public places: rights evolution or violation?en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Essexen
dc.identifier.journalOxford Journal of Law and Religionen
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