Deputies of the lower house of the Dutch Parliament approved a bill banning the wearing of the burqa and niqab, raznovidnostei women’s clothing in Muslim countries that completely covers the body and face, in public places, including public transport, hospitals and schools, reports The Independent. For this initiative voted 132 of 150 parliamentarians.

It is worth noting that the ban also includes the wearing in public of helmets and ski masks, are not intended by the legislators, for the appearance in a public place. Before the law comes into force, it must be approved by the Senate, the upper house of the Dutch Parliament, reports Reuters.

Reporters noted that the introduction of the ban on wearing the burqa and niqab applies to those places where it is essential to identify the identity of the person in government buildings, public transport, hospitals (hospitals) and schools. It is expected that the penalty for violation of the law will be 405 Euro.

Earlier this legislative initiative was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Netherlands. While the government stressed that the bill has no anti-religious focus and is not as severe as its counterparts in France and Belgium.

In August of this year, the highest administrative jurisdiction of France, the State Council, performing the functions of the Supreme court in administrative cases recognized illegal and abolished the ban on wearing the burqini – a popular Muslim costume that completely covers the body and covering the head when bathing.

In France, the burqini is often perceived as a symbol of radical Islam. Local authorities believe that this swimsuit is designed to humiliate women. So, Prime Minister Manuel Valls called the burqini is “archaic”. According to him, “there is the idea that by nature women, the prostitute, the unclean, and they must be completely covered. This idea is incompatible with France’s values. And, faced with the provocations that France must defend its values”.

In April 2011, France introduced a ban on the wearing of Islamic dress that completely covers the face. French law forbids to be in such clothes in public places. It can be worn at home, in hotel rooms, in the premises of closed associations and at enterprises, as well as in places near them. The European court of human rights in the summer of 2014 found that act lawful.



The Dutch Parliament approved a ban on the wearing of the burqa in schools, hospitals and public transport 29.11.2016

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