|Written by Staff Writer|
|Tuesday, 10 July 2012 18:42|
The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN), a national Muslim civil rights organization, today called the decision by the l’Outaouais soccer association to ban a Muslim player, Rayane Benatti, 9, from participating in a local soccer tournament, a violation of Canada’s human rights codes.
Rayane Benatti wears the hijab, an Islamic headscarf. In making this decision, the association cited the fact that they had not received confirmation from FIFA (soccer’s international governing body) regarding the type of hijab that is acceptable to wear during play. FIFA announced in early July that it had lifted its rule banning the wearing of headscarves.
“Although CAIR-CAN welcomed FIFA’s recent approval of headscarves for female Muslim players, we have always maintained that FIFA’s mandate and decrees do not and never have superseded the human rights of Canadian soccer players. Canadians have the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of religion, irrespective of what any outlying international governing body decides,” said CAIR-CAN Human Rights & Civil Liberties Officer Julia Williams.