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CAIR Condemns French Ban on Modest Swimwear, Persecution of Muslims by French Government

(WASHINGTON D.C., 6/23/2022) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned a ruling by a French court banning modest swimwear in public pools often worn by Muslim women for religious reasons.  

France’s top administrative court banned the wearing of body-covering “burkini” swimwear in public pools for religious reasons this week. The court argued that the swimwear violates the principal of government neutrality toward religion.  

SEE: France Rules Against Burkini Swimwear For Religious Reasons

In a statement, CAIR Deputy Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said: 

“Once again, the French government is targeting Muslims with bigoted legislation completely contrary to religious freedom. The ludicrous reason given by the court is further evidence of the lengths French authorities are willing to go to in order to prevent Muslims from practicing their faith. We condemn this discriminatory ruling and the French government’s broader campaign of persecution against the Muslim community.”  

He noted that CAIR has previously called on the Biden administration to take action against the French government’s persecution of Muslims.  

SEE: CAIR Calls on Sec. of State Blinken to Condemn, Address Actions Targeting Mosques in India, France 

CAIR Urges Biden to Condemn France’s Forced Closure of Last Major French Muslim Civil Rights Organization 

CAIR Condemns Court Ruling Against French Muslim Civil Rights Group, Expresses Solidarity with France’s Muslim Community 

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La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.           

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CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280,