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January 19, 2006

Tunisian Activist to Internationalize Hijab Ban

By Mohammad Al-Hamroni, IOL Correspondent TUNIS, January 19, 2006 ( – A prominent Tunisian lawyer and human rights activist are threatening to "internationalize" a government ban on wearing hijab, decrying it as a flagrant violation of the people's simplest rights. "We are preparing a special file to take our case to the UN," Saida Al-Ekremi told on Thursday, January 19. In 1981, then Tunisian President Habib Bourguiba (1956-1987) ratified Law No. 108 banning Tunisian women from wearing hijab in state offices. The Tunisian lawyer said the hijab ban infringes on Tunisian women's fundamental rights. "The basic rights of citizens, including the right to dress, are entrenched in the Tunisian Constitution as well as international conventions," maintains Al-Ekremi. (read more...) Copyright © 1999-2006 Islam Online Related: Tunisian official criticizes Muslim attire Related by way of shared interest: Aishah Protesting Ban of Hijab in France at French Embassy, Washington, D.C. Speech Text

1 comment:

  1. Subhanallah I can't believe this, what's wrong with these people and banning hijab and especially Tunisia. I'm not that good with geography but isn't Tunisia an Islamic country? Astaphrallah may Allah guide all of us inshallah. Amin.