Posted by: becketfund | April 30, 2010

Belgium: Government Passes Ban on Full Face Veil

BRUSSELS – Lawmakers passed a nationwide ban prohibiting women from wearing full-face Islamic veils in public places on April 29, the Washington Post reported on April 30.  The ban was passed by a unanimous vote in the lower house of Parliament.  Belgium has a Muslim population of 400,000, though no estimates have been published on the number of women who wear veils. In 2009 police in Brussels stopped 29 women who were seen on the street with their faces covered, in violation of a municipal ban.

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