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Met police admit that forcing woman to remove hijab at airport was a breach of human rights

Related Member(s):
Ayesha Christie, Dan Squires QC
Related Practice Area(s):
Human Rights

In an out-of-court settlement the Met police have admitted that forcing a woman, known as Asiyah, to take off her hijab so she could be photographed by police officers was a breach of her human rights and violated the woman’s right to religious observance. The officers used the controversial counter terrorism measure known as schedule 7, which allows officers to stop and search individuals at airports and ports without grounds to suspect that they might be involved in terrorism. The Met has agreed to pay £15,000 in damages, but the Home Office has not yet issued guidance on how to address concerns that cases such as this one have raised. Ayesha Christie and Dan Squires QC were instructed by Anne McMurdie at Birnberg Pierce to represent Asiyah.

For the full Guardian article, see here.