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CAIR Condemns French Law That Could Ban Hijabs for Muslim Athletes in 2024 Paris Olympics

(WASHINGTON D.C., 1/20/2022) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned a French law that could ban Muslim athletes from wearing hijabs, or Islamic headscarves at the 2024 Paris Olympics. 

The law, which bans “conspicuous religious symbols” in events organized by sports federations., was amended by the French Senate on Tuesday to include explicit language banning the wearing of hijabs by athletes. A commission composed of members of the lower house and the Senate will now convene to attempt to reach a compromise. 

SEE: France moves closer to banning veils in sports competitions

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

“This discriminatory law targeting female Muslim athletes is yet another example of the French government’s obsession with restricting the religious freedom of Muslims. We condemn this law, and we call on the Olympic Organizing Committee to ensure that French Muslim athletes will be able to freely exercise their religious freedom during the 2024 Paris Olympics. We also call on the Biden administration to speak out against the French government’s ongoing attacks on freedom of religion.”

Mitchell noted that earlier today, CAIR called on athletes participating in the 2022 Beijing Olympics to defy the China’s announced ban on political expression and speak out against that nation’s genocide targeting the Uyghur Muslim minority. 

SEE: CAIR Urges Olympic Athletes to Defy China Free Speech Ban, Speak Out Against Uyghur Genocide

He also noted that CAIR has previously condemned actions by the French government targeting French Muslims.

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

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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,   

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