Jordan's Islamists slam French niqab ban

15th September 2010, Comments 0 comments

Jordan's powerful Islamist opposition on Wednesday slammed France's ban on full-face veils, saying the decision is an "affront" to dignity.

"The ban kills freedoms and it's an affront to human dignity," Secretary General of Islamic Action Front (IAF), the political arm of Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood, Hamzeh Mansur told AFP.

"The West claims to be a protector of freedom and human dignity, but this is untrue and has nothing to do with reality."

Mansur said France's "stupid policies do not help improve relations between peoples and do not serve world peace."

"Nudity is allowed in the West. How come wearing decent clothes is not allowed?" -- referring to the veils worn by some devout Muslim women.

The French parliament passed a law on Tuesday prohibiting wearing the full-face veil in public, meaning a ban will come into force early next year if it is not overturned by senior judges.

The text makes no mention of Islam, but President Nicolas Sarkozy's government promoted the law as a means to protect women from being forced to wear Muslim full-face veils such as the burqa or the niqab.

© 2010 AFP

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