Modanisa Says ECJ’s Headscarf Ban ‘Dangerous and Divisive’
Modanisa is based in Turkey and dispatches orders to over 140 countries, including the EU.
“There is nothing ‘neutral’ or positive about forcing a person of faith to have to choose between their job or their religious beliefs, which is what this unfortunate ECJ ruling does,” the company wrote in a press release. “The European Union’s top court has chosen to validate the very intolerance that led to two hijabed women losing their jobs in the first place…this ECJ ruling is dangerous and divisive, and calls in to question the EU’s claims to respect fundamental freedoms and human rights.”
This is in addition to, Turkey on Sunday slammed a ruling by a top European Union court allowing the banning of hijabs under certain conditions as a "clear violation of religious freedoms", adding the move would exacerbate prejudices against Muslim women in Europe.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement the ruling was a sign of rising Islamophobia, coming at a time when Muslim women in Europe are being subjected to increasing discrimination for their religious beliefs.
"The ECJ decision, at a time when the Islamophobia, racism and hatred that have taken Europe hostage are rising, disregards religious freedom and creates a basis and legal cover for discrimination," the ministry said.
On Saturday, the Turkish presidency's communication director Fahrettin Altun condemned the move, saying "this wrong decision is an attempt to grant legitimacy to racism," Reuters reported.