France's niqab ban 'violates' human rights, UN declares as it demands compensation for women 'confined at home and marginalised'
France's ban on the niqab has been ruled a violation of human rights, The U.N. Human Rights Committee said on Tuesday. In a landmark ruling the UN moved to support wearers of the full-body Islamic veil and ordered France to repay two French women convicted for wearing niqabs in 2012. The committee said in a statement that France had failed to make the case for its so-called 'burqa ban' and ordered it to review the legislation. A panel of independent experts who oversee countries´ compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, said France had 180 days to report back to say what actions it had taken. Source