Niqaab Ban Protest at French Embassy Pretoria

Written by on May 16, 2011 in News


Pictures from the March to Pretoria against the Ban of Niqaab in France. The turn out was a bit disappointing. But the message was loud and clear. Memorandum was handed over to the embassy by the MSA.


We are marching to Pretoria, Pretoria, Pretoria, We are marching to Pretoria. 20 May Friday.

On 11 April 2011, France banned the niqaab, face veil. Anyone wearing the niqab or burqa in public could now face a fine of €150 (£132), or lessons in French citizenship.

According to human rights –

Freedom of religion and belief is a fundamental human right protected by a number of international treaties and declarations, including article 18(1) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). This right encompasses freedom of thought on all matters and the freedom to manifest religion and belief individually or with others, in public or in private.

For more information see Article 18: Freedom of religion and belief.

So if this is a basic human right, why is France banning the Niqaab.

Great news, our youth are taking action. A group of students from MSA all around Gauteng have decided to stand up against this grave injustice, discrimination and intolerance. A protest against this violation of religious freedom will be held outside the French Embassy on 20 May 2011


DATE: 20TH MAY 2011

TIME: 10am – 12pm


CONTACT: AMINA 082 7444 335 0R ZAEEM 082 743 1023

Transport will be available if needed

From Johannesburg at the universities


I wear hijaab but truly admire ladies who choose to wear niqaab. Read more about reasons why I choose to wear hijaab- Hijaab my security blanket

I was approached about doing a march at the world cup at the france matches but unfortunately there no France matches near where I stayed. Should have really stood up that time when the world was watching.





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  1. Azhar Vadi says:

    Yip you should’ve.

  2. Nanima says:

    after today’s march, i just realised it would have been pointless cos there was no coverage not even from the community radio stations..