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[…]
The Netherlands has banned face-covering clothing, such as a burqa or niqab, in public buildings and on transport, as a contentious law on the garment worn by some Muslim women came into force. Between 100 and 400 women are estimated to wear a burqa or niqab in the European country[…]
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,[…]
The Dutch Upper House of parliament on Tuesday passed a law banning the wearing of face-covering veils in public buildings, such as schools, government offices and hospitals. The Lower House approved the bill in 2016, after attempts to impose a more general ban on burqas and other face-covering veils failed.[…]
Muslim and civil rights groups on Tuesday challenged a Quebec ban on officials or anyone receiving public services from covering their faces, arguing it infringes on women’s and Muslim religious rights. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and the National Council of Canadian Muslims asked the Quebec Superior Court to[…]
In a controversial decision, the Chadian police have warned that anyone wearing a full-face veil or niqab will be arrested to curb deteriorating security conditions and suicide attacks. “This attack just confirms that a ban on the full-face veil was justified,” national police spokesman Paul Manga told Agence France Presse[…]
A French court Wednesday convicted a young woman for wearing a full-face Islamic veil in public and threw out her bid to have the country’s controversial burqa ban declared unconstitutional. Cassandra Belin, 20, was also convicted for insulting and threatening three police officers at the time of her arrest, which[…]
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