From Petition Organizer: Good news! We are delighted to announce that Birmingham Metropolitan College has decided to reverse its decision to ban Muslim students from wearing the veil! This is a massive victory for all those who believe in religious and cultural freedoms and a woman’s right to choose. Thanks to you, this campaign has received widespread media coverage, across national newspapers, television, radio and has become a national talking point. This victory would not be possible without the leadership of all the Muslim women who launched it in Birmingham, the near 10,000 people who signed the petition, and all those who took the time to speak out against this injustice.
Aaron Kiely, NUS Black Students' Officer said:
"The NUS Black Students' Campaign completely condemns the decision by Birmingham Metropolitan College to ban Muslim students from wearing veils on campus.
This ban is a complete infringement on the rights to religious freedom and cultural expression and is a clear violation of a woman’s right to choose.
Women in Britain are rightly free to wear religious dress. We will be exploring all options to robustly challenge this outrageous decision.
We call on Birmingham Metropolitan College to reverse its decision and respect the fundamental rights of its diverse student population to freedom of thought, conscience, religion and cultural expression."