Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Denmark Just Became the Latest European Country to Ban Burqas And Niqabs

Denmark Just Became the Latest European Country to Ban Burqas And Niqabs

Denmark on Thursday, May 31, 2018, banned the wearing of face veils in public, effectively restricting the burqa and niqab worn by some Muslim women.

The law comes into effect on August 1.

A violation of the ban triggers a fine of DKK 1,000 ($156), which will be increased tenfold in case of repeat offence.

Rights groups say such bills discriminate against Muslim women who wear face-concealing veils.

Austria, France and Belgium have similar laws. But such laws are often known as a "burqa ban" because it primarily impacts the dress worn by some Muslim women, the report states. "It is incompatible with Danish culture", DF integration rapporteur Martin Henriksen told Danish Radio.

Presented by the centre-right government, the legislation was also backed by the Social Democrats and the far-right Danish People's Party. Anyone who forces a woman to cover her face risks a 30,000 euro (£26,310/$35,103) fine.

Governments may restrict rights to freedom of expression or religion, such as expressed through clothing, but only when such restrictions are proportionate and on reasonable grounds.

Since then, wearing full-body veils and face veils is not generally banned, but it is prohibited in public buildings, public transport, schools and hospitals.

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However, the law which was presented by the country's centre-right coalition government, said that its objective is not to aim at any particular religion and it does not ban headscarves, turbans or the traditional Jewish skullcap, reported The Guardian.

'If the intention of this law was to protect women's rights it fails abjectly.

Justice Minister Soren Pape Poulsen welcomed the outcome, and said he was confident the ban would be respected, he told public broadcaster DR.

"All women should be free to dress as they please and to wear clothing that expresses their identity or beliefs", said Amnesty International's Europe Director Gauri van Gulik following the vote in Denmark. The burqa covers the face completely, leaving a net screen for women to see through, while the niqab leaves the area around the eyes open.

The ban also applies to false beards and masks.

Women in the niqab walk in front of the Danish Parliament at Christiansborg Castle, in Copenhagen.

Austria's law on banning the full-face Muslim garment in public spaces came into force a year ago.

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