The French niqab ban: BBC Radio Wales discussion with Faeeza Vaid and Bénédicte Paviot

by Carl Gardner on July 3, 2014

I took part in a BBC Radio Wales discussion yesterday following the European Court of Human Rights’s ruling upholding the French “blanket ban” on wearing full-face veils, including the niqab and burka. Steffan Garrero was presenting the Jason Mohammad show, and the other participants were Faeeza Vaid of the Muslim Women’s Network UK, and the Anglo-French journalist Bénédicte Paviot.

We talked for about twenty minutes (from 2 hours, 10 minutes and 10 second into the show). I get a couple of bites of the cherry: on my surprise at the ruling, on the remaining scope for British judges to rule a ban here in breach of human rights, and on the possible future ramifications of the European Court’s reasoning for miniskirts.

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