This is our archive of news items tagged veils
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On July 13, members of the lower house of the French parliament are expected to vote on a bill that would make it illegal
women to wear full veils
— those that cover all of the face except the eyes — in public places.
Majorities in Germany (71%), Britain (62%) and Spain (59%) would also support a similar ban in their own countries. In contrast, most Americans would oppose such a measure; 65% say they would disapprove of a ban on Muslim women wearing full veils in public places compared with 28% who say they would approve. [Read more...]
In a significant escalation of Spain’s debate over how to handle radical Islam
, the Senate on Wednesday narrowly and unexpectedly approved a motion to ban Muslim women from wearing in public the burqa
or other garments that cover the whole body.
The Spanish vote comes amid several national initiatives across Europe
to restrict the spread of radical Islam and defend liberal values. [Read more...]
The Council of Europe human rights watchdog said
on Wednesday it opposed an all-out ban on full face veils
, under consideration
by some European states, but also urged Muslims
to reject customs that deny women equal rights. [Read more...]
Iran’s hard-line Muslim clerics are determined to reverse the trend of what they regard as “badly veiled women” — those who wear looser, less strict head scarves and tight overcoats. These Muslim extremists believe they are holding up “the law … [Read more...]
Spain’s government plans to ban the use of the Islamic burqa in public places under a proposed new law on religious freedom, the justice minister said Tuesday.
“We believe that there are things like the burqa which are hard to reconcile with human dignity and which especially pose problems of identification in public places,” Francisco Caamano told reporters. [Read more...]
Barcelona plans to be the first large city in Spain to ban the use of the full-face Islamic veil in public buildings, its mayor announced Monday.
Jordi Hereu said he will sign a decree which will apply in all public spaces such as the city hall and municipal covered markets and creches. [Read more...]
The French parliament unanimously approved a resolution that would declare the full facial veil known as a burqa
as an affront to French values, paving the way for a full-fledged ban on the garment worn by a small minority of French Muslim women.
If the bill becomes law, France would be the second country in Europe after Belgium to prohibit the wearing of the full veil in public. [Read more...]