A women, wearing a niqab despite a nationwide ban on the Islamic face veil, gives a phone call outside the courts in Meaux, east of Paris, September 22, 2011. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo
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The U.N. Human Rights Committee said Tuesday that France's ban on the niqab, the full-body Islamic veil, was a violation of human rights and called on it to review the legislation.The panel's findings are not legally binding but could influence French courts.In 2014, the European Court of Human Rights, whose rulings are binding, upheld France's ban on full-face veils in public, saying it did not violate religious freedom.In its findings the panel said the ban had violated the two women's human rights and called on France to pay them compensation.
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