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LEVEL OF ‘’HUMAN RIGHTS’’ IN EUROPE: EUROPEAN COURT OF JUSTICE HAD THE FIRST STEP TO A COMMON BAN ON BURQA





İlknur Şebnem Öztemel-TDO- European Court of Justice (ECJ) gave a joined judgment in the cases of two women, in France and Belgium, who were dismissed for refusing to remove headscarves. According to the recent decision employers can bar theirstaff from wearing visible religious symbols such as the burqa.

It has been written on the statement as "An internal rule of an undertaking which prohibits the visible wearing of any political, philosophical or religious sign does not constitute direct discrimination". Also it has been added to the statement as "However, in the absence of such a rule, the willingness of an employer to take account of the wishes of a customer no longer to have the employer's services provided by a worker wearing an Islamic headscarf cannot be considered an occupational requirement that could rule out discrimination".

Actually, it is not something very interesting as there were several minor steps through this. However, if we look at the timing of the decision, we would see the ‘’warning’’ behind it. The decision has been announced right after a diplomatic crisis between Turkey and Netherlands was occurred, and happened on the eve of critical general elections all over the Europe. Regarding the political crisis in Syria and other states in MENA, far right has increased its votesunprecedentedly .  What is significant here is. Europe does not want the Muslim and Turkish population in its boarders to be highlighted, focused and re-united to their homelands. They are afraid of these people as they may constitute a powerful Diaspora to enhance their home states.

Regardless of ‘’Clash of Civilizations’’, Europe showed its undemocratic nature ones more. It doesn’t matter what religion that you believe in or where are you from. It is time to see the illusion of ‘’humanitarianism, promoting peace, human rights, democracy’’ that Europe try to present to whole World and try to judge others. You should know that what Europe ‘’encouraged’’ other states to be like institutionally, has already been here in Anatolia for thousand years.