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April 11, 2011
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Women in France Banned From Wearing the Veil in Public, says Amnesty International

Organization Condemns Arrest of Protesters, Calls for Law to be Scrapped

WASHINGTON - April 11 - Amnesty International condemns the detention of several people, including two women wearing the full-face veil, who were protesting against the law banning the wearing of any form of clothing concealing one's face in public.

The law came into force today. Police said the people were detained for joining an unauthorized protest in central Paris.

"Women in France have the right to freedom of religion and expression. They must also be free to protest when this right is violated," said John Dalhuisen, Europe and Central Asia Program director at Amnesty International. "This law puts France to shame – a country that prides itself on the human rights it claims to promote and protect, freedom of expression included."

"The law preventing women in France from expressing their values, beliefs and identity should be scrapped," said Dalhuisen.


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