Now Spain considering a burqa ban


Joining Belgium and France which have already banned headscarves which cover the face, Spain is floating a burqa ban. 

Belgium became the first European country to outlaw Islamic veils that completely hide a woman's face, via BBC.  Then France followed and fines for wearing the veil covering the face were 150 euros ($189) or required to take part in a citizenship class, via Euroactiv.  The fines for forcing someone to cover their face would be punishable by a one-year prison sentence and a 30,000 euro fine. The law does not apply if the face is covered for carnivals or artistic events.

Now spain has jumped into the mix, via the National.  Spain’s parliament yesterday joined an ever-lengthening list of European legislatures considering banning the burqa and niqab (see below). 

No decision on whether to outlaw the veil in Spain will be made until later this year, but the fact that the congressional debate came just one week after France’s lower house overwhelmingly approved a ban is worrying many Muslims in Europe and beyond.  The Spanish justice minister, Francisco Caamano, said last week that garments like the burqa were “hardly compatible with human dignity".

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