Dutch lawmakers approve ban on Islamic full-face veils in public transport, schools, govt buildings

'Say No to Burqa' sign

'Say No to Burqa' sign. Photo courtesy: Newtown graffiti / flickr.

The lower house of the Dutch parliament has voted in favor of banning face veils and other face covering garments in certain public places such as schools, hospitals or government buildings, citing security concerns.

The bill envisages a ban on Islamic veils and robes such as the burqa and niqab but also applies to all face coverings, including ski masks, helmets and balaclavas. It does not cover such situations as wearing burqas on the streets but applies only to specific situations, in which face recognition and proper communication are “essential.”

Those defying the ban would face a fine amounting to up to €410 ($430). Wearing face covering garments for protection or during sports activities or festivals and cultural events is exempted from the ban.

Full story: rt.com

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