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Banning the veil: Where Europe stands

Banning the veil: Where Europe stands

A British minister has ruled out the possibility of a ban on face veils in the UK, while it looks increasingly inevitable in Belgium. Kipp provides a European overview.

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July 18, 2010 3:51 by



In the UK, the immigration minister has announced that banning the Islamic full veil in public would be “un-British,” reports the Sunday Telegraph.

The paper carries an exclusive interview with Damian Green, the new immigration minister at the UK’s Home Office, which is making headlines across the UK press. Green said a move to ban women from wearing the full face veil woulod be “rather un-British” and run contrary to the conventions of a “tolerant and mutually respectful society.” He said it would be “undesirable” for the British Parliament to vote on a ban and there was no prospect of David Cameron’s coalition government proposing it.

But it seems the British public feels differently. The paper quotes a YouGov survey last week that found 67 percent want the full face veil to be made illegal.

Green’s comments follow last week’s decision by the French lower parliament to approve its own ban. The BBC reported that the lower house voted overwhelmingly to approve the ban on wearing the full veil in public. In total, 335 votes were cast for the bill, and only one against. To become law, it must be ratified by the Senate in September. Despite only a tiny minority of French citizens wearing the veil the ban has very strong public support. Women wearing veils face fines of 150 euros.



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  1. Basel A-Shaban on July 19, 2010 4:30 am

    If you ask most Europeans they will tell you that Europe is a secular community of nations. Whoever thinks that Europe is for Christians I ask him to go back and review the constitutions of those nations that he claims that they are Christians or founded based on Christianity. Whether Niqab is religiously demanded by Islam or not, all those Muslim Europeans (yes, your country men and women) enjoys the same freedom as the rest of European citizen regardless of religion, ethnic back ground, color or creed. Do not you, or anyone else for that matter, go shoving ideology down their throats just because Europe do not want to see that the extreme minority of Muslim women wearing Niqab. If you look at images of the Virgin Mary, you will see that all her pictures and status shows that she is wearing a head cover similar to an extent to the Muslim Hijab, who said that Hijab or Burqa is only for Muslims. We all can recall pictures from Europe 15th century where aristocrats wealthy women going out in public not only with there head covered but also with half of their face too (as the Muslim Niqabies do today) Obviously, many readers have not been to villages in Italy or France where older women walk down the street in public with their head covered. It is called MODESTY. Muslim women chose to wear Niqab, this is a religious personal choice protected by the constitution and the civil liberties of their respected European countries. The same laws that protect your civil rights also protect theirs. Some people chose to go in public half naked, some people chose to be modest, who said the half naked group has more rights to dress as they please than the modest one. It is a shame when modesty is considered oppression yet being half naked is considered acceptable and modern. We really need to examine our ethics and priorities. What’s next, you’re going to ask for Nuns not to cover their heads. What about Sikh or men wearing their traditional Arabic head gear??

     
  2. Robert on July 19, 2010 6:32 am

    I believe France have the right idea. hmmm… what are we told here in dubai? If you don’t like our culture and laws move back to your own country.

     
  3. dana on July 19, 2010 9:06 am

    i totalllly AGREEE with you robert – no offense Bassel…a country is FREE to chose its own laws and regulations wether the people like it or not…thats the case with Dubai , these are our rules, our culture, you like it stick to them, you dont, go back to your own country!

     
  4. Andrew on July 19, 2010 9:46 am

    I’ve no problems with people voluntarily covering up in personal/private situations by choice. What I object to is people doing it in situations where it impacts on their ability to do their jobs, makes it impossible to identify the person, or simply in situations where it would be considered rude to those societies.

    e.g. the teacher who complained when she was asked to remove her veil as her own students couldn’t hear her. Had she been a languages teacher not seeing her lips would’ve made it even worse.

    Basel; as for older generations of women covering themselves wearing a scarf around the head without covering the face has little to do with modesty and more about protecting the face from the elements, whether rain or shine.

    That said I do think telling people they cannot do something when it impacts no other person would indeed be very “un-British”, the problem however is very few people truly appreciate the sensibilities of other cultures even after prolonged exposure, and unwillingly offending someone is all too easy to do.

     
  5. Basel A-Shaban on July 19, 2010 11:48 pm

    Just for your info Robert, the people you are referring to to go back to their own country are not tourists or expats like you and I, they are second, third, and fourth generation French citizens. How would you like someone to tell you while you are sitting in your own home in your own country to go back to where you came from. Your logic doesn’t compute. In Dubai, you are referring to rules of conduct published by Dubai government legislative body and made available to all those coming to visit and reside in the UAE. It also states the penalty for violating those codes. Dubai never claimed freedom or liberty. However the French constitution protects the rights of French citizens including the freedom of practicing their own religion. For those who posted a comment about modesty and the older women of Europe covering their heads due to the weather elements, go back and check the bible, 2 Corinthians. Covering the head is demanded in the Bible however, it is not practiced. Just because you do not do it does not make right. We can’t just pick and chose what we feel good about in our Constitution and apply it and ignore the rights of the minority in the same constitution.

     
  6. Andrew on July 20, 2010 8:26 am

    You’re right Basel, it’s not practiced – what is practised is the time honoured tradition of protecting oneself from the weather. Thank you for making my point for me.

    I’ve absolutely no idea what you’re on about when you say “just because you do not do it, does not make it right” as it doesn’t seem to be in reference to anything.

    If you’d taken the time to absorb what I’d said above I made it clear that in situations where it impacts no one, I entirely agree with freedoms of religion. However all nations that encourage freedom, either through constitutions like the USA or France, or through convention like the UK, draw the line at those freedoms impinging on others.

     
  7. charles on July 20, 2010 6:19 pm

    oh dear Basel, what strange analogies you try and draw. How do you explain Syria’s recent decision then? It is not only Europe.

     
  8. Miss Anne Thropic on July 24, 2010 9:19 am

    Yes, funny how people are quick to condemn France, Belgium and Italy over niqab bans but are strangely silent on Syria. Personally, I think banning niqabs is a great idea no matter what country it is.

     

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