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Denmark passes law banning burqa and niqab

04 June 2018
Denmark passes law banning burqa and niqab

In a 75 to 30 vote on Thursday, Danish lawmakers passed the law presented by Denmark's centre-right governing coalition.

Sporting a burqa, which covers an individual's whole face, or the niqab, which exclusively exhibits the eyes, in public will result in a high-quality of 1,000 kroner (£118). This move was then followed by Belgium, Austria, Bulgaria and a similar law is pending approval in the Netherlands. The bans seemingly seek to restrict the proliferating expression of political Islam in Europe.

Justice Minister Pape Poulsen, head of Denmark's Conservative People's Party, also appeared to indicate that the bill targeted covered women. Several countries have also said covering the face creates security issues. Gjerskov was the only member of Socialdemokratiet to vote no to the controversial law. Women choose to wear face coverings for many reasons.

Amnesty International has described the Danish vote as a "discriminatory violation of women's rights".

German lawmakers have approved a partial ban on "covering the face".

In January 2017, Morocco banned the production and sale of burqas, but the kingdom does not prevent individuals from wearing them in public.

"It has taken nearly 10 years to convince a majority in parliament that we should ban the burqa and niqab in public spaces, now it has passed", said Martin Henriksen of the populist party.

However, the government has insisted the ban is not aimed at any religion in particular. Adversaries say the boycott, which will produce results on August 1, encroaches ladies' entitlement to dress as they pick.

Denmark is the fifth European country to ban the burqa. The face is your passport.

Over the last decade or so, there has been a growing movement to ban full-face veils in countries in Europe.

The Dutch parliament introduced legislation targeting the veil in 2016.

Wearing a burqa, which covers a person's entire face, or the niqab, which only shows the eyes, in public will lead to a fine of 1,000 kroner ($A207). Those found violating the law are subject to a fine of €150 ($175). Islamic face veils are perceived by many as oppressive toward women.

"I'm really pleased. This is a great day for us", said Lena Nyhus, the driving force behind Intact Denmark, the group behind the petition, reported The Copenhagen Post. "That is not going to happen", Poulsen said before the ban passed.