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“Seriously and clearly” illegal: Top French court rules against burkini bans

By: Aline Barros Source: VOA News France’s highest administrative court has suspended a town’s controversial ban on the full-body “burkini” swimming suits. The ruling is expected to set a legal precedent for at least 30 local municipalities that have issued similar decrees that prohibit women from wearing the outfits. The prohibitions have sparked international controversy and criticism from rights groups that say local authorities have overreached in telling women what to wear at the beach. A court statement on the ruling said the town of Villeneuve-Loubet’s burkini ban, “seriously, and clearly illegally, breached the fundamental freedoms to come and...

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Protesters demonstrate against France's ban of the burkini, outside the French Embassy in London, Britain August 25, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall

French politicians defend burkini bans as criticism rises

By: Richard Lough Source: Reuters via MuslimVillage PARIS (Reuters) – French Prime Minister Manuel Valls defended a ban on burkinis in more than a dozen coastal towns on Thursday, saying France was locked in a “battle of cultures” and that the full-body swimsuit symbolized the enslavement of women. Photographs of armed police ordering a Muslim woman on a beach in the Mediterranean city of Nice to partially disrobe went viral on social media this week, upsetting many French Muslims and causing global consternation. In a sign of rifts opening in the socialist government before a presidential election in 2017, France’s Moroccan-born education minister said the debate...

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Maryam Dharas, Sakina Dharas and Ali Dharas were booted from an esayJet flight after being wrongly accused of being ISIS members.

Muslim siblings falsely called “ISIS” then booted from easyJet flight

By: AMITA JOSHI Source: getwestlondon Three Muslim siblings from London were marched off an easyJet flight by armed security after being falsely accused of supporting ISIS. 19-year-old Maryam Dharas, 24-year-old Sakina Dharas and their sibling Ali Dharas, 21, had boarded the Naples bound plane from Stansted airport on August 18, where they were confronted by air cabin crew before take off. In an interview with The Guardian , they recounted the moment when they were asked, “Do you speak English?” by officers who they said grilled them for hours. Maryam, who will be reading English Literature at King’s College London in September, said she has no doubt they were racially...

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