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UN Racism Rapporteur Criticizes Dutch Burqa Ban

UN Racism Rapporteur Criticizes Dutch Burqa Ban

Monday, 07 October 2019 11:39 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A U.N. racism rapporteur has criticized the recently implemented Dutch burqa ban, saying it "does more harm than good."

Tendayi Achiume, a rapporteur for the UN Human Rights Council, said Monday that women who wear Islamic face-covering veils report suffering more harassment since the law went into force on Aug. 1.

In a preliminary report following a visit to the Netherlands, she also urges the government to do more to teach people about the "histories of slavery and colonialism as histories of systematic racial subordination."

Achiume praises the Dutch government for promoting gender equality and the rights of LGBTI people and urges similar efforts to improve racial and ethnic equality.

Social Affairs Ministry spokesman Coen Gelinck says the Dutch government is striving for an inclusive society, but acknowledged "there is still work to be done."

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A U.N. racism rapporteur has criticized the recently implemented Dutch burqa ban, saying it "does more harm than good."Tendayi Achiume, a rapporteur for the UN Human Rights Council, said Monday that women who wear Islamic face-covering veils report suffering more harassment...
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