Muslim Expression in France and the UK
In 2001, exhibition of overt Muslim belief aroused the suspicions and prejudices of the French and British governments. No longer are Muslim women permitted to wear hijabs or headscarves in public schools and, in certain cases, have been forced to relinquish their rights of publicly displaying their religion. Although the ban of excessive religious symbols was not directed towards Muslims, it is the people of the Islamic faith who are being persecuted and inadvertently targeted. It is a violation of Human Rights and not in correspondence with the values of the United Nations.