Posted by: becketfund | November 17, 2006

Netherlands: Cabinet Supports Proposed Ban on Burqa

The BBC reports that on November 17, the Dutch cabinet gave their support to legislation that would ban burqas in public, proposed by Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk.  The cabinet opined that burqas were a disturbance to public order, echoing Verdonk’s view that it was important for everyone to be able to easily identify each other.  The ban would outlaw burqas on the streets, in schools and law courts, and on public transportation.  6% of the population in the Netherlands is thought to be Muslim, though it is estimated that only around 100 women actually wear the burqa.  For the BBC’s explanation of different styles of head coverings, click here.


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