FIFA Human Rights Violation … My (Gr)ass

One organization says some must wear the hijab for religious reasons, while some may not.

One organization says they must not wear the hijab for safety reasons and it applies to EVERYONE.

Now whom do YOU think the human rights complaint will be filed against?

This is one of those cases when we just need to stop and slap ourselves.

“I think this is something that needs to be taken up with the United Nations in terms of human rights violations,” Anisa Ali of the United Muslim Women of Canada told CTV Newsnet on Saturday. “We, as Muslim women, have a right to participate in sporting activities just like non-Muslim women.”

Her group will be taking action “ASAP,” she said.

I think what any human rights group’s response to this type of complaint should be that Muslim women are not being prevented from playing soccer, but instead it should be viewed that ALL humans are being prevented from playing soccer with a headscarf.

Since EVERYONE is affected by the no headscarves rule, the only possible human rights violation would be the requirement that all Muslim women HAVE to wear a headscarf when Muslim men are exempt.

Aye, there’s the rub…

6 thoughts on “FIFA Human Rights Violation … My (Gr)ass

  • March 4, 2007 at 9:56 am

    If muslims don’t like the rules of FIFA, they can always start their own organisation with their own rules.

  • March 4, 2007 at 11:39 am

    Pissedoff: not practical. The point of FIFA is to bring the world together through soccer, not segregate it.

    If people want to change that ruling, they have to provide solid evidence that the hajib is not a safety hazard. They have to show that there’s no possibility of it coming apart during play, blinding its wearer, causing a trip, or injuring an opponent via a whip effect. Simply put, rhetoric isn’t going to cut it.

  • March 4, 2007 at 11:44 am

    From the looks of the pictures on TV the girls on her team are in violation of the uniform rules by wearing visable clothing under their shirts and shorts. Might be permitted for the indoor game but some how I dought it.

    I do remember the ref permitting winter clothing for the Canadian finals for the Colleges when it was -30 in Medicine Hat in November. Shorts were considered a safety hazzard on that day!

  • March 4, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    A commenter on the Globe and Mail article referred to this so-called incident as a ‘pre-scripted narrative’. Bingo!

    It’s a setup.

    Since there is no religious requirement for the head wrap, it’s a social thing, I suspect this kid is being used, in a vile way, to start a mock controversy about something she’s not old enough to fully understand.


    One solution is to make it a rule that everyone must wear a head wrap, make it part of the uniform. That would remove the whole ‘in your face’ head wrap thing so I suspect the idea wouldn’t be relished by those who like to whine about being ‘persecuted’ in a ‘multicultural’ country.

  • March 4, 2007 at 4:10 pm

    Question, do Sikhs wear the kirpan on the playing field?

  • March 11, 2007 at 9:22 am

    Maybe immigrants should be encouraged to assimilate into the land where they choose to settle. Hopefully the children of their children will not be required to wear the hajib. So why not fast forward ‘integration’.

    Perhaps some more extreme traditions should ease so that faces may integrate with integrated neighbours faces. We all come to Canada to depart from restrictive societies. Entire faces with freedom to expose friendly smiles.

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