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The authorities of Denmark have banned wearing burqa and niqab in public places

The bill was condemned by human rights defenders.

Women in niqabah. Photo by B.K. Bangdash, AP / Scanpix / LETA
Women in niqabah. Photo by B.K. Bangdash, AP / Scanpix / LETA

The Danish authorities have banned the wearing of clothing that covers the face, including burqas and niqabas. The corresponding law will come into force on August 1, for violation will be charged a fine of thousands of kronor (about 9.7 thousand rubles).

The bill was approved by the country’s parliament. 75 deputies supported him, 30 – voted against, 74 more abstained. The government noted that they “do not aim” at religion and do not prohibit headscarves, turbans or bales.

Opponents of the initiative argue that the bill is directed against Muslim women, some of whom wear closures.

The head of the human rights organization Amnesty International Europe, Gauri van Gulik, said that all women have the right to dress in a way that reflects their identity or religious beliefs.

Despite the fact that some restrictions on wearing clothing that covers a person are legal to ensure public safety, this prohibition is not important, not proportionate and violates the rights to freedom of expression and religion.

If the intention of this law is to protect the rights of women, it failed. Instead, the law criminalizes women for their choice of clothing and violates the freedoms that Denmark has defended.

Gauri van Gulik
head of Amnesty International Europe

In April 2017, the Bundestag approved a ban on wearing burka and niqab for civil servants, judges and soldiers who are at work. In their spare time they will be allowed to wear Muslim clothes. Wearing closed Muslim clothing is also prohibited in France, Belgium, Bulgaria, in certain regions of Switzerland and Spain.

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