PARIS: France has passed a law cracking down on Muslims and cracking down on them in the name of curbing extremism.
According to a foreign news agency, the bill, which was passed by the French National Assembly, was apparently intended to monitor religious organizations, a crackdown on those who justify violence and remove them from public schools. Tax institutions will help prevent child education and forced marriages, etc. However, these measures have been linked in the legislation to counter “Islamism” or “Islamic separatism”.
The legislation will give state institutions a number of powers, especially in France, to closely monitor Muslims, including mosques, the organizations they run, and home education for children.
French President Emmanuel Macron’s party campaigned hard for the legislation, with 347 members of the French National Assembly voting in favor and 151 against, with 65 abstaining.
The proposed laws were opposed by French Muslim organizations, while a coalition of 36 human rights NGOs from 13 countries called on the United Nations Office on Human Rights to repeal the legislation. France has filed an appeal against anti-Muslim measures.
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Leading human rights organizations around the world have called on the United Nations to take action to stop two decades of state action against Muslims in France. The coalition of 36 organizations says the legislation has stripped several fundamental rights.
Human rights groups have also accused France of “disarming” its style of secularism (listing) through current legislation and justifying state interference in Muslim political and religious activities.
These organizations have called on international organizations to intervene to prevent the implementation of such legislation, as there is no effective way to prevent such discrimination in French law.
On the other hand, defending the law in the Assembly, the far-right leader Marine Le Pen said that “the freedoms of the majority cannot be changed to protect the personal freedoms of some Islamists.”
It should be noted that there are more than 5 million Muslims living in France, most of whom are from Algeria, an African country formerly inhabited by French colonies.
Various anti-Muslim laws have been enacted by France in the past, but a new wave of anti-Islamic sentiment has erupted in France since the assassination of a schoolteacher last year. Making is also a link in the same chain.