France passed a law in 2010 that forbids people from wearing clothing in public that conceals their face. This was reportedly done for security measures, for identification is necessary in many circumstances and concealing one’s identification is advantageous to those who commit criminal acts. However, The U.N. Human Rights Committee has officially came out against France’s ban on the niqab. It has been ruled a violation of human rights.
“France's ban on the niqab has been ruled a violation of human rights, The U.N. Human Rights Committee said on Tuesday,” Daily Mail reports. “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.”
Daily Mail further explains, “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.”
The ruling does not enforce any necessary action that France must take. However, it is certainly influential. The committee suggests, “The ban, rather than protecting fully veiled women, could have the opposite effect of confining them to their homes, impeding their access to public services and marginalizing them.”
Since it is a religious necessity that Muslim women cover their skin in public, it is thus a concern that this ban may prevent these women from leaving the house. In effort to relinquish this dilemma, it is determined to be in the interest of human rights that women cover their faces with cloth.