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Top Europe court upholds ban on full-face niqab veil in Belgium

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'Say No to Burqa' sign

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

PanARMENIAN.Net – The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday, July 11 upheld a Belgian ban on wearing the full-face niqab veil in public, AFP reports.

The court ruled that the restriction sought to guarantee social cohesion, the “protection of the rights and freedoms of others” and that it was “necessary in a democratic society”, a statement said.

It said a bye-law adopted in June 2008 in the three municipalities of Pepinster, Dison and Verviers “could be regarded as proportionate to the aim pursued, namely the preservation of the conditions of ‘living together’ as an element of the ‘protection of the rights and freedoms of others’.”

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