Danish parliament votes to ban burqa and niqab

  1. The new law was passed in a 75-30 vote

Denmark has passed a law banning the wearing of garments like the burqa or the niqab that cover the face in public, according to the Associated Press and Gulf News.

(See WikiTribune‘s previous explainer on veiling bans across the world, which you can edit or suggest edits on in its talk page.)

The law, which was passed in a 75-30 vote, is commonly seen to be aimed at the type of clothing worn by a small number of conservative Muslim women. The new law allows for exceptions such as cold weather and the wearing of motorcycle helmets, in accordance with local traffic rules.

Effective from August 1 this year, breaking the law will incur a fine of 1,000 Danish kroner ($156). Austria, France and Belgium have similar legislation.

Women in niqab are pictured after the Danish Parliament banned the wearing of face veils in public, at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark, May 31, 2018. Ritzau Scanpix/Mads Claus Rasmussen/via REUTERS
Women in niqab are pictured after the Danish Parliament banned the wearing of face veils in public, at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark, May 31, 2018. Ritzau Scanpix/Mads Claus Rasmussen/via REUTERS
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