Domestic law-makers have wide discretion in matter of general policy but case shouldn’t be seen as setting wider precedent, judges say

A local authority ban on the wearing of clothing that conceals the face in public places did not breach the right to freedom of religion, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled.

The court found in Dakir v Belgium that the ban, by three Belgian councils, could be regarded as a proportionate measure aiming to preserve the conditions of ‘living together’ as an element of ‘the protection of the rights and freedoms of others’.

Fouzia Dakir brought the case after she failed to get the ban lifted in the B...

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