French police ‘abuse’ Muslims under emergency laws
04 February 2015, Nirapad News: France has carried out abusive and discriminatory raids and house arrests against Muslims under its current state of emergency, traumatizing and stigmatizing those targeted, including children and the elderly.
Human rights groups said, Al Jazeera publishes this report on Thursday (February 4).
Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International published separate research on Wednesday, pointing to cases where excessive force had been used, leading to human rights violations including violence.
Those targeted said the police burst into homes, restaurants, or mosques; broke people’s belongings; threw Qurans on the floor; terrified children; and placed restrictions on people’s movements so severely that they lost jobs and income, or suffered physically.
The raids were launched on November 14 in response to attacks in Paris a day earlier that left 130 people dead, and were later claimed by the Islamic State (IS) of Iraq and Syria group.
IS’s claim triggered a backlash – not just in France, but across Europe and elsewhere – as Muslim communities were collectively ‘punished’.
There are between 5.5 million and 6.2 million Muslims in France, or roughly 7.6 percent of the total population – making the group the largest Muslim minority in Europe.
Declared by President Francois Hollande, France’s emergency laws approved warrant less searches.