Council of Europe slams govts for anti-Muslim laws
STRASBOURG - Muslims living in Europe regularly face violence and prejudice and are the subject of several discriminatory European laws that bolster their social exclusion, a top human rights official said Tuesday.
Nils Muiznieks, the Council of Europe’s human rights commissioner, called on governments to do more to combat anti-Muslim discrimination and said lawmakers should stop targeting the religious group through legislation or policy.
"It is time to accept Muslims as an integral part of European societies, entitled to equality and dignity,” he said in a statement. "Prejudice, discrimination and violence only hinder integration.”
Muiznieks, a Latvian human rights activist who began work as commissioner in April, singled out several European nations for legislation affecting Muslims in particular, including France and Belgium, which have banned the full-face veils worn by the Muslim women. (...)