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Campaign Update: Keep up the pressure against the French hijab ban

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IHRC has been intensively campaigning against the proposed hijab ban in various countries including France. Its current campaign regarding France is being regularly updated.

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Islamic Human Rights Commission
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16th December 2003

Campaign Update: Keep up the pressure against the French hijab ban

Background
IHRC has been intensively campaigning against the proposed hijab ban in various countries including France. Its current campaign regarding France is being regularly updated. Please help all those sisters oppressed by those who wish to deny them the right to dress Islamically by showing solidarity with them and those who help them.

Update
Although the French authorities are supposed to be announcing their decision on whether or not to ban hijab in schools on Friday December 17, IHRC campaigners have received responses from French authorities stating that at least one French embassy will be posting information about 'the new law - once it is passed.' Clearly the campaign must call on the French authorities to stop this discrimination and aggression against Muslim women, as well as calling on international figures to call France to account over their proposals to violate Muslim women's rights.

Suggested action
Please send letters of protest to any or all of the following:

French President Jacques Chirac. A model letter can be downloaded from:
http://www.ihrc.org.uk/show.php?id=847
A French version can be copied and pasted from:
http://www.ihrc.org.uk/show.php?id=842

Foreign Secretary Jack Straw MP (for UK Campaigners). A model letter can be downloaded from:
http://www.ihrc.org.uk/show.php?id=848

A model letter for Foreign Ministers can be copied and pasted from
http://www.ihrc.org.uk/show.php?id=836

French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy. A model letter can be copied and pasted from:
http://www.ihrc.org.uk/show.php?id=836
A French version can be copied and pasted from:
http://www.ihrc.org.uk/show.php?id=842

The French Ambassador in your country. A model letter can be copied and pasted from:
http://www.ihrc.org.uk/show.php?id=836

Please copy and replies to us so we can regularly update the campaign.

Picket
A picket has been organised by the Muslim Women Society and Muslim Association of Britain outside the French Embassy on Wednesday 17 December between 11 am and 2pm. Please check:
http://www.ihrc.org.uk/show.php?id=850

for full details.

Resources
For a background briefing on the situation in France and Germany visit, please read IHRC's background briefing:
Proposed French Ban on Religious Signs in School violates Freedom of Religion, and Rights to Education and Work.
http://www.ihrc.org.uk/show.php?id=851

For details of hijab bans, current and previous campaigns in various countries, please go to the IHRC website's search engine, and type in 'hijab':
http://www.ihrc.org.uk/search.php

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