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Dutch burqa ban challenges

Around one hundred people, mainly women, protested in  The Hague, The Netherlands on August 9 against “Burqa ban“, which came into effect in the on August, 1.

Around couple of dozens of women wore a niqab and carried plates with texts like “I am getting robbed of my freedom“, “Hands off my niqab”, “We are the victims of symbolized politics” and “Human rights are being violated” during the silent protest.

The demonstration took place at the Koekamp Park, and passed without incidents. The protesters demand the Dutch government to recall the law. A few secular human rights activists were present to demonstrate their solidarity and support to the Muslim believers.

According to the organizers, the law violates freedom of movement, freedom of religion and self-determination of women. In addition, they think that woman wearing a niqab/burqa are excluded from social life and that the law leads to polarization of society.

The new Dutch law partially prohibits face-covering clothing. It means that people are no longer allowed to enter public space such as hospitals, government buildings, schools and public transport with face-covering clothing, such as a burqa, niqab and balaclava.

The Party for Freedom (PvV) leader Geert Wilders sees it differently: as far as he is concerned, the Dutch government should deport all those burka/niqab groupies to Saudi Arabia, where then can practice their cult without risking to clash with democracy, fundamental rights and equality.

However the biggest challenge of Dutch government is that the overwhelming majority of these women were born in the Netherlands, and have Dutch nationality. Their mothers were eager to integrate, and they were not wearing Muslim veils.

When the law passed in June 2018, Upper House of the Parliament press officer Gert Riphagen estimated that it concerns between 200 and 400 burqa or niqab-wearing Muslims  in the Netherlands, out of a population of 17 million people.

The Dutch law is similar to bans in the other European countries: in France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Denmark, some of which go further than the prohibition, but they impose fines: 1,000 Danish kroner (€100) in Denmark and  €150 in France.

In October 2018 the United Nations Human Rights Committee opposed the bans, explaining that it violates the human rights of Muslim women and risks “confining them to their homes.” However the opinion of international experts did not have any effect on the implementation of the legislation.

 

 

Grenoble: Muslim women impose burkini swim wear

With the summer weather, the debate surrounding the ban on burkini in public swimming pools has has reemerged. Muslim women defied a local municipality ban and wore the Islamic full-body swimsuit, violating hygiene rules of exploiting swimming pool in city of Grenoble.

Women who wore the swimsuit, which covers the entire body except for the face, hands and feet, were issued a fine of €35 ($40) by police, when they left the sport center.

The Jean Bron Swimming Pool is among several in France that have banned burkinis, and in spite of it many Muslim women violated the rules as part of an organized protest.

Operation Burkini” has been created this summer by members of the group Citizen Alliance of Grenoble in order to defend Muslim women’s rights. The women are demanding that public pools, which currently require men to wear swim briefs and women to wear bikinis or one-piece swimsuits, change their regulations to accommodate Muslim-style swim wear.

Brunei regresses to Stone Age laws

A set of archaic Sharia laws comes into effect from next week punishing adultery and homosexuality with death by lapidation in the ultra rich  Sultanate of Brunei.

 

From April 3, any individuals found guilty of the offenses will be stoned to death publicly, according to a modified penal code. The execution will be “witnessed by a group of Muslims”, as ordered in original Sharia law version.
The country’s return to the archaic laws was announced in 2014, and have been introduced gradually. The latest phase of implementation, including the cruel archaic provisions, was announced on the Brunei attorney general’s website on December 29, 2018.
Human rights groups reacted with indignation and condemned the re-introduction of archaic Stone Age practices to penal code, with lapidation, and order amputation of limbs as a punishment for theft, including mutilating children.
Defenders of gay rights reacted first to the savage Quranic VII century laws, not only by rising their voices, but also by putting forward an initiative of boycotting properties, owned by rich Brunei businessmen in California.
Hollywood actor, and human rights activist George Clooney called for boycott of hotels, among which are Dorchester Collection’s hotels, including legendary The Beverly Hills Hotels and Hotel Bel-Air in California.

 

Ardern promises gun law reform

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that her cabinet had made in conceptual decisions around the reform of gun laws following the mass shooting in Christchurch mosques.

“I intend to give further details of these decisions to the media and the public before cabinet meets again next Monday,” she said at a press conference.

“This ultimately means that within 10 days of this horrific act of terrorism we will have announced reforms which will, I believe, make our community safer.”

Prime Minister said an inquiry will trace the lead up to attack and what might have been done differently. (Image above: Jacinda Ardern wore the Hijab (headscarf) while lamenting the Muslim victims of terrorist attack and expressing condolences to their families.)

Woman suicide bomber failed attack in Grozny

A female suicide bomber has blown herself up nor far from a police station checkpoint in Grozny, the Chechen capital, Interior Ministry said on Saturday, November 17.

Following the incident, police officers and civilians hadn’t sustained any injuries, the official added.

“On the outskirts of Grozny an unknown young woman exploded herself,” acting head of the Chechen Interior Ministry Apti Alaudinov told reporters.

Saudi women protest against abaya

Saudi campaigners have urged Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) to abandon rules for the Kingdom’s rigid dress code for women, launching a social media action posting photos, wearing their abayas inside out in protest.

Women in Saudi Arabia have for decades been required to wear the abaya — a loose, all-covering black garment — in public, a dress code strictly enforced by police.

Prince Mohammed said in March that women needed only to dress “modestly” and were not required to wear abayas. But Saudi women  see  that in practice nothing has changed, and they are demanding the promised freedom.

I’ve started wearing my compulsory hijab called abaya (this black robe) turned inside out to express my objection on Sharia law violating Saudi women’s freedom to clothe,” tweeted one, referring to the Islamic law that effectively governs the kingdom.

‘”I’ve started wearing my compulsory hijab called abaya (this black robe) turned inside out to express my objection on Sharia law violating Saudi women’s freedom to clothe,” tweeted one, referring to the Islamic law that governs the Kingdom.

Chechen protest against persecution of Myanmar Muslims

Russian Federation. In the capital of Chechnya, Grozny, on the morning of Monday, September; 4, a rally in support of the Myanmar Muslims began. The action, broadcasted directly by the TV channel “Grozny TV”, RT and the television channel “Rain”, according to local sources thousands of people came to express their protest against the persecution of the Muslim minority.

Participants of the rally gathered at 11AM on the central square in front of the mosque “Heart of Chechnya”. Dozens of people came with posters on which words of protest against murders of Muslims in Myanmar. As reported by Interfax, the rally was addressed by the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov.

A resident of Grozny, Aslan Borzoev, told RBC that protesters had completely filled the square in front of the mosque “The Heart of Chechnya.” According to him, people left their cars far beyond the town center due to a large crowds of people and walked on foot to the square. He noted that some participants of the rally came with banners on which words of support for the Myanmar Muslims and condemnation of the “genocide” of the Rohingya people.

According to “Chechnya Today”, Muslims from all over the Caucasus gathered for a rally in Grozny. At the same time, “Kavkaz.Realii” claims that in Grozny civil servants were ordered to leave the holidays and take part in the event.

 

MEPs in rage over Trump's ban

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Political group leaders reacted on Wednesday to President Donald Trump’s recent signing of an executive order banning nationals of seven countries from entering US territory. Most MEPs described the travel restrictions as arbitrary and defying the core values of Western democracies, such as freedom, non-discrimination and solidarity.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherni  welcomed the clarification by the US authorities that EU citizens will not be affected by the travel ban, even if they hold the nationality of one of the seven affected countries. But she made it clear that “this does not change our overall assessment of the executive orders. (…) The EU will not turn its back on anyone who has the right to international protection“, she said, adding that “this is where we stand, this is where we will continue to stand.”

“Trump was elected and we want dialogue”, said EPP group leader Manfred Weber (DE). “When Trump says he fights illegal migration or radical Islamism, we agree. But the travel ban is not that. Generalized suspicion of countries and people leads to xenophobia. The US was always a country of liberty and fundamental rights, now Trump condones torture”. By doing so, “a state becomes a criminal itself“, he added.

 Gianni Pittella (S&D, IT) said: “The provisions are an attack against European legal culture and fundamental values (…). Let’s be blunt: the travel ban (…) is not against terrorism. This is a lie, a demagogic one, as it hits some countries while it does not hit those with which Trump does business! I call on air companies not to refuse passengers from the countries in the ban. And we should avoid Trump visiting the EU until the ban is in place: doors are locked for him!”

Syed Kamall (ECR, UK) said “this arbitrary ban sends a message that there is an inherent contradiction between being a good Muslim and being a good citizen of a Western democracy. It simply plays in the hands of Daesh and other extremists, who make exactly the same claim […]. However, Americans voted for the candidate, who does what he promised to do. So we must accept that this President, his priorities and policies are the consequence of the growing tide of discontent.”

The fact that no terrorist coming from the banned countries has ever acted on US soil shows, in the view of Guy Verhofstadt (ALDE, BE), that “this is pure discrimination“, a measure meant to fuel populism and nationalism. He added that Europe is also threatened by those forces, and hoped that European leaders, when they gather in Valletta, will stand up to this ”bunch of populists and nationalists who want to destroy us.” 

GUE/NGL group leader Gabrielle Zimmer  (DE), said “Let’s put our values against Trump’s contempt, let us show, with a migration policy characterised by solidarity, that people looking for protection are not the roots of all evil. (…) What would have become of Europe’s post-war democracies if the refugees from Nazism had not found a safe haven?”

“Who could have thought that the freedoms and the rights that we all assume are natural could evaporate so quickly. This is apparently how liberal democracy dies,” observed Green group leader Ska Keller (DE). She called on the EU to be the “champion of protecting international law, human rights and freedoms – let us make Europe the counter model to Trump.”

Nigel Farage (EFDD, UK), said that in the US, a “genuine elected democrat is doing what he was elected to do“. He described European complaints as „proof of the „EU´s anti-Americanism“ and proposed inviting President Trump to Parliament for an “open dialogue.“

 

ENF group co-chair Marcel De Graff (NL), called upon European Council President Tusk and the Commission to “follow the example of President Trump, install national border controls. Keep jihadists out. Not just from the 7 countries Trump singled out, but of many more.”