STRASBOURG — A ban on face-veil would violate individual privacy rights and alienate Muslim women, the European rights chief has warned, urging politicians to promote understanding of different cultures.
"A general ban on such attires would constitute an ill-advised invasion of individual privacy," Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a statement.Another worthless piece of paper to which lip service can be paid as sharia--which has its own elaborate set of "rights" and wrongs--spreads its wings in Dar al Harb.
Last January, a French parliamentary panel recommended slapping a partial ban on face-veils in public institutions.
Similar debates are also heating up in Italy, Denmark, Netherlands and Germany.
Hammarberg said a ban might breach the European Convention on Human Rights, which allows limitations on human rights only on the grounds of public health, safety or morals.
"Those who have argued for a general ban of the burqa and the niqab have not managed to show that these garments in any way undermine democracy, public safety, order or morals," he insisted.
"The fact that a very small number of women wears such clothing has made proposals in such a direction even less convincing."
The Council of Europe was founded in 1949 to protect human rights and democracy in the continent.
It has 47 members who have signed the European Convention on Human Rights.