After a landmark few days in France, a Nice court has finally suspended the burkini ban amid worldwide outrage.
— RT (@RT_com) August 26, 2016
When deciding to suspend the ban, the French court said mayors cannot restrict the liberties of the community unless there is a ‘proven risk’ to public order.
The decision was welcomed by the UN, who argued that banning women from wearing the full-body swimwear on French beaches fuelled religious intolerance and stigmatisation.
The spokesman for the UN rights office, Rupert Colville, told reporters, “These decrees do not improve the security situation but rather fuel religious intolerance and the stigmatisation of Muslims in France, especially women.”
#Burkini: Gender equality can’t be achieved by restricting individual freedoms including by policing what individual women choose to wear.
— UN Human Rights (@UNHumanRights) August 30, 2016