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UN: French ‘burqa ban’ violates human rights

By: Deutsche Welle Source: Deutsche Welle In a landmark decision on Tuesday, the United Nations Human Rights Committee found that a French law banning full-face veils in public violates the religious freedom rights of Muslim women. It is the first time the UN has ruled on full-face veil bans and could have implications for several other European countries that have implemented similar legislation. How the committee ruled: The UN body concerned itself with two cases brought by French women who were fined for wearing the niqab — which is a full-body veil that has an opening for the eyes. They found that the ban violated the religious freedom of Muslim women who wear such veils. The UN body...

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Is modest fashion about modesty?

By: Nadda Osman Source: Middle East Eye We are coming to the end of September. The fashion houses, designers, models and bloggers who spent early autumn at the fashion weeks in Paris and New York, London and Milan, have almost packed up and gone. New collections have been shown and analysed, their offerings seeping into the industry, introducing new trends or building on existing ones. This year, the modest movement continued to exert its influence both on and off the catwalk, as show attendees found evermore creative ways to cover up. Modest fashion is a loosely defined look derived from the clothing and style worn by Muslim women. It’s a concept with no strict rules beyond the...

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A great day for a great cause

By: Human Appeal Source: MuslimVillage On Sunday the 23rd of September 2018 our community has again shown solidarity with local projects and needs. Close to 2000 participants enjoyed a fun-packed family open day at Belmore Sports Grounds all came for the purpose of raising funds for the Farmers Drought Appel initiated by Human Appeal. The day started at 5am with a charity ride organised by Sydney Muslim Cyclists, over a 100 cyclists joined the ride for to help alleviate the hardship of our Australian farmers who were affected by one of the worst droughts in 100 years. The City of Bankstown-Canterbury Councillor Bilal El-Hayek joined the ride to support the appeal and help to raise funds....

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