Sri Lanka’s move to ban the burqa on “national security” grounds while calling its use “religious extremism” has been termed a “racist agenda” used to cause divisions in the country. A burqa is an outer garment worn to cover the entire body and the face and is used by some[…]
Switzerland has followed France, Belgium and Austria after narrowly voting in a referendum to ban women from wearing the burqa or niqab in public spaces, including on the street, on public transport and in shops and restaurants. The controversial proposal gained the support of 51.21 percent of voters and the[…]
Hundreds took to the streets of Copenhagen on Wednesday to protest the new ban on wearing face veils – or the niqab – in public. Activists have said they intend to continue protesting the ban, and Muslim women who wear the niqab have vowed to defy it. The new measure,[…]
Senegal is considering banning women from wearing the burqa, amid rising fears of extremism in the west African country. The interior minister, Abdoulaye Daouda, said women would no longer be allowed to wear the Islamic dress, which leaves only the eyes exposed. Daouda said the decision was a question of[…]
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