The amendment banning women 18 and under from wearing their hijabs in Paris, France won 177 to 141, involving senators from the Socialist Party, the Communist Party and the President-led Republic On the Move party . Emmanuel Macron.
The amendment correlates with Macron’s “anti-separatism” bill, which has been under discussion since March. According to the Daily Sabah, if the bill is approved, “the French government would ban home schooling for Muslims, make formal education compulsory, and be able to shut down associations, schools and mosques in the event of a crisis. ‘suspicious incident’.
A French politician shared his reasoning on why he supported the amendment saying: “It is not for parents to impose dogmas on children”.
Although this is happening in France, the world is aware of the decision of the French Senate to try to ban women wearing their hijabs and they are not happy. “France, the world is watching,” US Muslim Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minn) said in an Instagram post on April 9, with the hashtags #handsoffmyhijab and #stopobessingovermyhijab.
According to the United Nations Human Rights website, there is an international standard on freedom of religion and belief, which states that “everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom […] alone or in community with others and in public or in private, to manifest one’s religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance. That being said, the two amendments that the French Senate is trying to have approved by the National Assembly violate these international standards.
Religion is an important aspect for those who choose to have one. It is not for politicians to impose laws that tell their citizens when and where it is appropriate to follow one’s religious traditions. Rather, it is up to those who are personally involved in their religion to make their own decisions, such as choosing whether or not to continue to follow their religious beliefs; like wearing a hijab.
Politicians have no legitimate authority to impose such an invasive law, and the French Senate allowing approval of these amendments sends a damaging message to the Muslim population living in France. The amendments that were passed target the Muslim community and could potentially cause harm to people who wear the hijab, burqa or other religious objects. It is clearly demonstrated, by the support garnered for these amendments, that the French Senate does not consider human rights for the Muslim community and does not care about the potential problems that these laws can cause.
Now the world is waiting to see what happens next to these amendments. Will the amendments be approved by the National Assembly and stifle religious freedoms to express their religion comfortably and safely? Or, will they be denied as law, and Muslims are rightfully allowed to wear what they are comfortable wearing.