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A failed asylum seeker and his 11-year-old daughter are demanding they must not be deported to France – because she would be banned from wearing the burka. The Muslim father, 42, says removing them from the UK and forcing them to live across the Channel would amount to a breach of her religious rights. France banned women from wearing the burka – the full body covering – and the niqab or face veil in public three years ago. The pair arrived in France when fleeing from Iran in 2011. Britain is seeking to deport them and under EU rules they should go to the first country they set foot in. The father, who cannot be named, said: ‘She loves to wear the burka. She already wears a burka during the weekdays, in the evenings and during the weekends. ‘She is very dedicated in following Islamic dress code and religious practices and values. ‘If we are deported to France she would not be able to follow her religious values and practices.’ He told the court he does not force her to wear the burka. The case has already been rejected by the High Court in June this year but the pair have appealed and the Court of Appeal is set to hear the case within months.
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