This now makes Five countries in Europe to have banned it.
Officially, the law doesn’t name the burqa… but everyone’s calling it the burqa ban anyway.
Because it’s pretty clear that’s what they are responding to.
Watch the report:
Denmark on Thursday became the latest European nation to ban garments that cover the face, such as Islamic veils including burqas or niqabs.
Danish lawmakers approved the law, which was presented by the country’s center-right governing coalition, in a 75-30 vote, according to The Guardian. The government says the law is not aimed at religious groups, but human rights advocates have criticized the rule as unnecessary.
In December 2016, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that “the full-face veil is not acceptable in our country,” and called for it to be banned. France and Belgium have enforced bans on burqas and other garments that cover the face. Local governments in Italy, Spain and Switzerland have also imposed bans, many of which have been challenged in court.
Source: The Hill
Here’s a little more detail about the ‘why’ behind the legislation and the likelihood of it surviving a challenge, taken from the French ban of the same sort:
Arguments supporting this proposal include that face-coverings prevent the clear identification of a person (which is both a security risk, and a social hindrance within a society which relies on facial recognition and expression in communication), that forcing women to cover their faces (as happens in some Muslim cultures) is sexist, and that Muslims who continue this practice should be forced to assimilate traditional French social norms. Argument against include that the ban encroaches on individual freedoms, and that it discriminates against interpretations of Islam that require or encourage women to wear face coverings, that it takes away the choice of women to decide whether to dress according to a particular standard of modesty, and prevents anonymity in situations where it might be socially or personally desirable. (Islamic scholars differ on whether there is a religious requirement for a full face covering as was required under the Taliban regime and practiced elsewhere, or merely for a head and hair covering such as a hijab, which is practiced widely and legally mandated in Iran, Saudi Arabia, and parts of Indonesia. Some Muslims follow neither rule.)
The law was challenged and taken to the European Court of Human Rights which upheld the French law on 1 July 2014, accepting the argument of the French government that the law was based on “a certain idea of living together”
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