A new assessment released by the Islamophobia Observatory of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) stressed that the trend of outlawing veil, headscarf, hijab, niqab, and burqa in Europe deserves particular attention.

It has noted with regret that at least 12 European countries have partially or fully banned these symbols of Muslim identity and the pattern indicates complete ban of headscarf in Europe in a manner which is beyond security considerations.

The Observatory also noted that Islamophobia trend around the world during the first three months of the current year remains alarmingly high, and the main hotspots remain in the US and Europe.

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