Libya: 31 refugees drown off Libya trying to reach Europe

By Mehmet Nuri Ucar

 

TRIPOLI, Libya (AA): At least 31 refugees who were trying to cross to Europe from Libya drowned on Saturday, a Libyan military spokesperson said.

Capt. Ayoub Qasim, Libyan Naval Forces spokesman, told Anadolu Agency that coast guard teams reached the bodies of 31 refugees east of the capital Tripoli.

 

200 others were rescued by the coastguard .

The boat carrying the refugees had left the Libyan coast on Friday night, but sunk while it was trying to reach Europe, he added.
Qasim said that there were children among the victims and all the refugees were African nationals.

 

The migrants were on two boats off the coast near Garabulli, east of Tripoli, one of which had already sunk when the coastguard arrived at the scene.

According to the UN, nearly綗,000 refugees entered Europe by the Mediterranean so far in 2017, compared to some 335,000 by this point period last year.

Over 19,000 migrants have been rescued or intercepted in Libyan waters so far in 2017, according to the UN.

 

Additional report by The Muslim News

 

[Archive Photo: Migrants off  the Libya coast on 6 June 2015. Photographer: Hazem Turkia/AA]

 

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Egypt: Death toll from Sinai mosque bombing during Friday prayers hits 305

By Hussein al-Qabbani and Viola Fahmi

 

CAIRO (AA): The death toll from a bomb that went off outside a mosque in the city of Al-Arish in the northern Sinai Peninsula following Friday prayers has climbed to a whopping 305, according to official sources. Gunmen then opened fire on worshippers as they tried to flee. The attack took place during Friday prayer sermon.

At least 109 others were injured in the blast, which occurred in the city’s Al-Rawda neighborhood.

After detonating the bomb, a group of attackers opened fire on worshippers and then attempted to stop ambulances from accessing the area, according to Egypt’s Nile News television channel.

The terrorists also blocked off escape routes from the area by blowing up cars and leaving the burning wrecks blocking the roads, three police officers on the scene said.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi reportedly plans to hold an emergency meeting of the government’s Security Committee later this evening to mull a response to the deadly attack, Egypt’s Middle East News Agency quoted an unnamed security official as saying.

The meeting, the source added, would also be attended by the ministers of defense and interior and the head of Egypt™s General Intelligence Directorate.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing.

The Egyptian presidency, meanwhile, has declared a three-day countrywide state of mourning for the victims.

The Sinai Peninsula has remained the epicenter of a low-intensity militant insurgency since mid-2013, when the army ousted and imprisoned Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected president, in a bloody military coup.

The insurgency has been largely confined to the northern Sinai Peninsula, but sporadic attacks have also occurred on the Egyptian mainland, including capital Cairo.

The terrorist attack received significant condemnation from around the world.

U.S. President Donald Trump, UK PM Theresa May and France President Emmanuel Macron offered their condolences to Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi over the phone, according to an Egyptian presidential statement.

Trump said, Washington stands by Egypt and backs its fight against terrorism, calling the incident “shocking,” the statement read.

Also on Friday, Trump condemned the “horrible and cowardly terrorist attack on innocent and defenseless worshipers” over Twitter.

“The world cannot tolerate terrorism,” he tweeted. “We must defeat them militarily and discredit the extremist ideology that forms the basis of their existence!”

Macron told Sisi, France is in full support of the Egyptian government, saying, “Paris is willing to increase cooperation with Egypt in combatting terrorism which became a global threat.”

The Turkish Foreign Ministry also strongly condemned the incident with a statement issued on its website.

“We strongly condemn the terrorist attack perpetrated today [Nov. 24] on a mosque located in the west of Al-Arish [northern Sinai], causing many casualties and wounded people, the statement said.

“We convey our condolences to the families and brotherly people of Egypt, and wish a speedy recovery to the wounded,” it added.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also called his Egyptian counterpart during the day to offer condolences.

Stella Kyriakides, the chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, said in a statement: “We must stand firm against the threat of terrorism, which knows no borders.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin, for his part, offered his condolences to Sisi, according to a statement released by the Kremlin.

â€We are once again convinced that terrorists are completely alien to the notion of human morality,” Putin asserted.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, meanwhile, tweeted: “Appalled by the sickening attack on a mosque in North Sinai. Condolences to all those in Egypt affected by this evil and cowardly act.”

The U.K. Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said on Twitter, â€Deeply saddened by the abhorrent attack on a mosque in North Sinai, #Egypt. My sincere condolences to all those affected by such a barbaric act.”

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian also weighed in, saying: “I learned with horror of the ignoble attack that hit a mosque in the Northern Sinai, costing the lives of over a hundred worshippers during the Friday prayer.”

Speaking via Twitter, he added: “I send my condolences to the families, as well as to the authorities of the country.”

NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg, also speaking via Twitter, said: “I condemn the barbaric terrorist attack on a mosque in North Sinai. My thoughts are with all those affected and the people of our partner, Egypt.”

The Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued a statement on the mosque attack in Egypt.

“I am shocked and horrified by today’s terrorist attack in the al-Rawda mosque in Bir-Al-Abed, which killed and injured hundreds of worshippers.

“On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to the friends and families of the victims of today’s attack. We hope for a complete and rapid recovery for all those injured,â he added.

“Canada condemned the attack and stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of Egypt in this difficult time.”

Qatari Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani expressed his “strong condemnation” of the attack, according to the press agency QNA. “We express our condolences to the families of the victims and to the Egyptian people, and we wish the injured a speedy recovery,” he said in the message to Sisi.

Kuwait also expressed its condolences to the “Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, his people, his government over “the heinous attack.”

According to the official Saudi News Agency, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz offered condolences over the phone. He said his country stands by Egypt by all means.

For its part, the Bahraini Foreign Ministry confirmed Bahrain’s solidarity with Egypt, saying, “We strongly condemn this terror crime which contradicts the principles of Islam and other religions, and humanity,” according to a statement released by the ministry.

Oman and Yemen were also part of the countries that expressed condolences to Egypt.

Condemning the attack, Tunisia called on the international community to set up anti-terror mechanisms in fighting terrorism effectively.

The Head of the Presidential Council of the Libyan Government of National Accord, Fayez al-Sarraj expressed condolences to the Egyptian government and people about the attack in a written statement.

Sudan and Jordan also denounced the attack, and confirmed their firm stand by the Egyptian people in fighting terrorism.

The Gaza-based Palestinian resistance movement Hamas also condemned the deadly bombing, which occurred not far from Egypt’s border with the Gaza Strip.

“Hamas condemns in the strongest terms the criminal bombing targeting worshipers at Al-Rawda Mosque in Sinai’s Bir al-Abd region,” the group said, going on to extend its condolences to the friends and families of the victims.

Hamas also called upon “God Almighty to protect Egypt — and all Muslim countries — from misfortune and provide them with safety and stability”.

Additional report by The Muslim News

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[Photo:  People gather at the site of the Egypt Sinai mosque bombing in Al-Arish, Egypt on November 24, 2017. Photographer: Stringer/AA]

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Myanmar, Bangladesh agree on return of Rohingya Muslims without security guarantees

By Kyaw Ye Lynn

YANGON, Myanmar (AA): Myanmar and Bangladesh on Thursday signed an agreement for the return of Rohingya Muslims who have crossed the border to escape a brutal military crackdownin Myanmar’s western Rakhine state since late August.

However, according to The Muslim News, the agreement does not offer security guarantee to the returning Rohingya Muslims. Rohingyas have fled atrocities conducted by Myanmar army and Buddhist mobs many times before.

The agreement does not mention recognition of Rohingya Muslims as citizens of Myanmar.

The memorandum of agreement titled “Arrangement on Return of Displaced Persons from Rakhine State” was signed after a two-day meeting in Myanmar’s capital, Nay Pyi Taw.”Myanmar signed the deal with visiting Bangladeshi delegations today [Thursday],” Kyaw Zeya, permanent secretary of Myanmar’s Foreign Ministry told Anadolu Agency on the phone.

“We are ready to take them back. We can start the repatriation process very soon,” he said.

Myint Kyaing, permanent secretary of Ministry of Labor, Immigration and Population said the deal was based on a 1993 agreement reached by the respective governments on the repatriation of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh.

The 1993 agreement includes a major point that says refugees must prove their nationality to Myanmar government by presenting valid documentations such as White Cards and the receipts given by authorities after returning White Cards.

“However, we made some amendments to the 1993 agreement this time,” Kyaing told Anadolu Agency without giving any details.

âWe will also accept anyone who is able to clearly state his/her name and the village they lived in even if they lost relevant documents in fire or violence,â he said.

The secretary added that Myanmar had already sent registration forms to the Bangladeshi government to be filled in by refugees.

“The repatriation can be started shortly after the forms are sent back to us,” he said.

The Bangladeshi delegation was led by Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali who also met Myanmar’s de-facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday before the agreement was signed.

“The principled position of Myanmar is that issues that emerge between neighboring countries must be resolved amicably through bilateral negotiations,” according to a press release by the Ministry of the Office of the State Counsellor.

“The present Arrangement, which had been agreed to by both countries based on their friendly and good neighborly relations demonstrate the steadfast position of Myanmar and is a win-win situation for both countries,” it said.

US: Violence in Rakhine state ‘ethnic cleansing’

U.S. on Wednesday warned it may issue targeted sanctions unless those responsible for “ethnic cleansing” against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar are held to account.

“Those responsible for these atrocities must be held accountable,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement.

He added that the Myanmar government and security forces “must respect the human rights of all persons within its borders and hold accountable those who fail to do so”.

This is the first time a U.S. official referred to atrocities committed against the Rohingya in the western state of Rakhine as a œclear” case of “ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya”.

The military crackdown launched on Aug. 25 has seen more than 620,000 Rohingya cross from Myanmarâ€s Rakhine State into Bangladesh, according to the UN.

The refugees are fleeing a military operation that has seen security forces and Buddhist mobs kill men, women and children, loot homes and torch Rohingya villages.

Speaking in September, Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Abul Hasan Mahmood Ali said around 3,000 Rohingya had been killed in the operation.

The international community has been pressuring Myanmar government and military for an immediate end of atrocities and for the safe return of Rohingya who are now sheltering in Bangladesh.

Additional report by The Muslim News

[Archive photo: Rohingya Muslims fleeing military attacks from Rakhine State in Myanmar, waiting to cross border into Bangladesh at Maungdaw on 7 September, 20DZ. Photographer: Zakir Hossain Chowdhury/AA]

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Egypt: 85 killed from bomb explosion in mosque after Friday prayers in Sinai

By Hussein al-Qabbani and Viola Fahmi

 

CAIRO (AA): The death toll from a bomb that went off outside a mosque in the city of Al-Arish in the northern Sinai Peninsula following Friday prayers has risen to 85, according to official sources.

“The number of people martyred in the Al-Arish terrorist incident has risen to 85 with another 75 injured,” Egypt’s official Middle East News Agency quoted unnamed security sources as saying.

death toll from a bomb that went off outside a mosque in the city of Al-Arish in the northern Sinai Peninsula following Friday prayers has risen to 85, according to official sources.

 

The deadly blast reportedly occurred outside a mosque in the city’s Al-Rawda neighborhood.

According to the same source, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi plans to hold an emergency meeting of the government’s Security Committee later this afternoon.

The meeting, the source added, will also be attended by the ministers of defense and interior and the head of Egypt’s General Intelligence Directorate.

In a press statement, North Sinai security officials said ambulances had rushed to the site of the blast, which has since been entirely cordoned off.

According to local security sources, who spoke anonymously due to the sensitivity of the issue, unidentified gunmen had opened fire on the area in the immediate wake of the bomb blast.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing.

The Sinai Peninsula has been the epicenter of a low-intensity militant insurgency since mid-2013, when the army ousted and imprisoned Mohamed Morsi, Egypt™s first freely elected president, in a bloody military coup.

The insurgency has been largely confined to the northern Sinai Peninsula, but sporadic attacks have also occurred on the mainland, including capital Cairo.

 

[Map of Sinai peninsula by CIA/public domain]

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Russia, Turkey, Iran back Syria’s territorial integrity

By Selen Temizer and Sena Guler

(AA): Leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran reiterated their support for Syria’s territorial integrity during a summit in the Russian city of Sochi on Wednesday.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and Iran’s Hassan Rouhani met in the Russian Black Sea resort for the summit and gave messages highlighting the need for a political solution and territorial integrity of Syria.

In a joint statement at the summit, three guarantor countries declared that they would continue to cooperate for the sake of reducing violence in Syria.

In the statement, the three presidents also emphasized on their strong commitment to supporting the independence, unity and territorial integrity of Syria.

The guarantor countries also pointed out the need for confidence-building measures in order to speed up the search for political solutions in Syria.

The measures were listed as fast, secure and continuos humanitarian aid; release of detainees and identification of missing persons.

In the joint statement, they also agreed to hold the Syrian National Dialogue Congress, which will be attended by the Assad regime and the opposition.

The opposition groups who attend the congress would be “the ones that respect Syria’s sovereignty, independence, unity, territorial integrity and non-divisible character.

By this description,Turkey’s resolute position against the terrorist organization, PKK/PYD, has been reflected.

Opposition groups that will be invited to the congress will be decided by the three countries.

President Erdogan said: “Exclusion of terrorist elements — that target both Syrian political union and territorial integrity and our country — from the process, will be among Turkeys priorities.”

Ankara reiterated there is no difference between the PKK, YPG and PYD terrorist organizations.

He also warned that Turkey cannot share a platform with any terrorist organization that poses a threat to its national security.

Erdogan referred to the Geneva talks under the auspices of the UN, and said the National Dialogue Congress would contribute to the Geneva process.

About the conditions for achievement, he said that besides the attitudes of the regime and the opposition, the three guarantor countries would play a critical role in maintaining €œrespect and understanding of mutual sensitivity”.

The Russian president pointed out that the summit was a means to strengthen the territorial integrity of Syria.

Vladimir Putin said the Astana process prevents the division of Syria and moves the country towards a “new phase of political solution”, with the cooperation of Turkey and Iran.

He also expressed his gratitude to the Turkish and Iranian leaders for welcoming the idea of holding the Syrian National Dialogue Congress regarding the solution of the Syrian crisis.

Putin added the countries had given necessary instructions about the congress’ date and structure.

“We are pleased to see that the three countries have agreed on Syria’s territorial integrity, independence and unity, and we are in close cooperation to ensure peace and stability in Syria,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said.

Recalling that the meeting in Sochi constitutes an important step for ending the Syria crisis, Rouhani noted that the solution can be achieved through joint political work, referring to the Astana process launched in January.

“There is no reason for any foreign forces to be present in the country without the consent of the legitimate government of Syria,” Rouhani said.

[Photo: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R), Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (L) pose for a photo ahead of the trilateral summit to discuss progress on Syria, between the Presidents of Turkey, Russia and Iran on November 22, 2017 in Sochi, Russia . Photographer: Kremlin Press Office / Handout/AA]

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What America Celebrates on Thanksgiving

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In these days of anxiety and alienation, Thanksgiving offers the warm embrace of inclusiveness. Particularly for many people with families and faiths rooted in other lands, no other holiday, not even the Fourth of July, has so great a capacity to make them feel American.

A child of Orthodox Jewish immigrants could feel his apartness on other festivals celebrated by the larger society. Christmas, Easter, Halloween — all are distinctly Christian observances, no matter how temporal and commercialized they have become. They are inevitable reminders for some Americans that they are different.

Thanksgiving’s origins are also Christian. But it has evolved into something both secular and spiritual, a day devoted to family and amity. Perhaps that explains its unwavering appeal for believers and nonbelievers alike (even if many Native Americans understandably choose not to partake). Thanksgiving is at heart more than parades, or football or even country; there’s no flag-waving or chest-thumping. It is about shared bounty and shared humanity.

That’s why the writer Saadia Faruqi, a Pakistan-born Muslim, welcomes the day. “For a Pakistani-American, Thanksgiving is as wholesome and normal a holiday as one can get,” she said in a 2015 essay. “It is a time to be grateful, to spend time with family, and to have a little bit of fun.” Though she never developed a taste for turkey, Ms. Faruqi wrote, the Thanksgiving table would most definitely be set — with tandoori chicken, daal and naan.

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No turkey, either, for Saumya Arya Haas, a writer who is Hindu. But there would be the familiar trimmings, she wrote a few years ago for Huffington Post. And, for sure, chai. “My family experience of being Hindu is deeply rooted in inclusiveness, social equity and community service. Chai-party values, if you like,” Ms. Haas said. She continued: “There’s pumpkin pie on the table and chai on the stove. This is America, after all. We create our own truth, if there even is a truth at all. We are all poor in something. We share with those who have less. Everyone brings something. We are imperfect, real, enriched.”

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Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/22/opinion/thanksgiving-religion-inclusion.html

What America Celebrates on Thanksgiving

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Credit
Gracia Lam

In these days of anxiety and alienation, Thanksgiving offers the warm embrace of inclusiveness. Particularly for many people with families and faiths rooted in other lands, no other holiday, not even the Fourth of July, has so great a capacity to make them feel American.

A child of Orthodox Jewish immigrants could feel his apartness on other festivals celebrated by the larger society. Christmas, Easter, Halloween — all are distinctly Christian observances, no matter how temporal and commercialized they have become. They are inevitable reminders for some Americans that they are different.

Thanksgiving’s origins are also Christian. But it has evolved into something both secular and spiritual, a day devoted to family and amity. Perhaps that explains its unwavering appeal for believers and nonbelievers alike (even if many Native Americans understandably choose not to partake). Thanksgiving is at heart more than parades, or football or even country; there’s no flag-waving or chest-thumping. It is about shared bounty and shared humanity.

That’s why the writer Saadia Faruqi, a Pakistan-born Muslim, welcomes the day. “For a Pakistani-American, Thanksgiving is as wholesome and normal a holiday as one can get,” she said in a 2015 essay. “It is a time to be grateful, to spend time with family, and to have a little bit of fun.” Though she never developed a taste for turkey, Ms. Faruqi wrote, the Thanksgiving table would most definitely be set — with tandoori chicken, daal and naan.

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No turkey, either, for Saumya Arya Haas, a writer who is Hindu. But there would be the familiar trimmings, she wrote a few years ago for Huffington Post. And, for sure, chai. “My family experience of being Hindu is deeply rooted in inclusiveness, social equity and community service. Chai-party values, if you like,” Ms. Haas said. She continued: “There’s pumpkin pie on the table and chai on the stove. This is America, after all. We create our own truth, if there even is a truth at all. We are all poor in something. We share with those who have less. Everyone brings something. We are imperfect, real, enriched.”

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Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/22/opinion/thanksgiving-religion-inclusion.html

Philippines: Mindanao Muslims celebrate autonomous region anniversary

By Roy Ramos

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (AA) – A representative of the Philippines’ one-time largest Muslim rebel group on Monday joined the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in commemorating its Ǽth founding anniversary.

The attendance of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Vice-Chair Ghadzali Jaafar marked the first time the group was represented at the Charter Day celebration for the region.

“We in the MILF do not reject peace and development initiatives for the Bangsamoro people, and the current ARMM government is good on that,” Jaafar said as quoted by Inquirer News.

According to a report published Wednesday, the MILF refused to recognize the ARMM as a representation of the Bangsamoro people’s aspirations, even calling its creation “sham autonomy” and a “failed experiment”.

The event on Monday was highlighted by the delivery of Governor Mujiv Hataman’s State of the Region Address which, according to Hataman, could possibly be the last, eyeing the passing of the Bangsamoro Basic Law which would establish a Bangsamoro Autonomous Region to replace the existing ARMM.

The draft law, which was created by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission composed of members of the MILF and the Moro National Liberation Front as well as representatives from the national government, is a fulfilment of the peace agreement that boosts the aspirations of the Bangsamoro people to establish a more independent and powerful homeland.

It was presented by the commission to President Rodrigo Duterte in July and was transmitted by Duterte to the Senate and Congress the following month.

[Philippines map By CIA /Creative Commons]

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Iraq: Massive car bomb kills 21 in Turkmen district

By Hussein al-Amir and Ali Mukarrem Garip

 

BAGHDAD (AA): At least 21 people were killed Tuesday when the Turkmen-majority Tuz Khurmatu district in Iraq’s Saladin province north of Baghdad was rocked by a massive car bomb, according to a provincial security commission head.

Fifty-two people were also injured in the car bomb blast, Mahdi Taqi, the president of the Saladin Provincial Security Commission, told Anadolu Agency.

“A curfew has been imposed in Tuz Khurmatu district in order to prevent a possible second attack,â Taqi added.

A booby-trapped vehicle exploded at noon Tuesday near a crowded market in Tuz Khurmatu, according to Police First Lt. Numan al Jubori, .

The blast also damaged several nearby structures and vehicles parked in the area, al-Jubori said.

While no group has claimed responsibility for the bombing, the Iraqi authorities typically blame such attacks on the Daesh terrorist group, which has recently suffered a string of defeats — both in Iraq and in neighboring Syria.

In mid-October, Iraqi forces seized control of Tuz Khurmatu following the withdrawal of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters from the majority-Turkmen district.

[Photo:  A wounded boy waits for treatment at Kirkuk Public Hospital after an attack with a bomb-laden vehicle in Tuz Khurmatu district of Saladin Province, on November 21, 2017 in Kirkuk Iraq. Photographer: Ali Mukarrem Garip/AA]

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Netherlands allows police officers to wear headscarves in certain positions

By Abdullah Asiran

 

UTRECHT, Netherlands (AA): A new ruling in the Netherlands will allow policewomen serving in certain positions to wear headscarves.

The Human Rights Council ruling came Monday over a complaint by Sarah Izat, 26, a police officer who wore a headscarf, after she was dismissed over violating the dress code.

The Dutch National Police had claimed that religious symbols are incompatible with police uniforms both to ensure neutrality and the officers’ safety.

But the council said Izat was mainly answering emergency calls in the police department where there was limited contact with the public.

The council’s decision is non-binding, but the police will probably abide by it, as previously its chief said that they were open to allowing officers to wear headscarves.

‘Equal treatment legislation states clothing regulations which conflict with freedom of religion laws should be limited to those which are strictly essential,†the council said.

“We Won! The Council confirms just: I have the right to wear uniform and headscarf. This means everything and this is a victory for all of us! Izat wrote on her Twitter account.

Izat told broadcaster NOS she considered the ruling an important first step. ‘It will not be solved in a day, but hopefully the police can now look to the next step when it comes to headscarves.’

In May, Amsterdam police considered making a headscarf an option with police uniform to attract more people from ethnic minorities but the move was opposed by police chief Erik Akerboom.

An Amsterdam police woman who went on patrol wearing a headscarf under her cap later that month was heavily criticised for her action.

Additional report by The Muslim News

[Tweet photo of Sarah Ezat]

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