Belgian lawmakers pass burka ban

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    Belgium's lower house of parliament has voted for a law that would ban women from wearing the full Islamic face veil in public.

    The law would ban any clothing that obscures the identity of the wearer in places like parks and on the street. No-one voted against it.

    The law now goes to the Senate, where it may face challenges over its wording, which may delay it.

    If passed, the ban would be the first move of its kind in Europe.

    Only around 30 women wear this kind of veil in Belgium, out of a Muslim population of around half a million.

    The BBC's Dominic Hughes in Brussels says MPs backed the legislation on the grounds of security, to allow police to identify people.

    Other MPs said that the full face veil was a symbol of the oppression of women, our correspondent says.

    Thursday's vote was almost unanimous with 134 MPs in support of the law and two abstentions.

    The Muslim Executive of Belgium has criticised the move, saying it would lead to women who do wear the full veil to be trapped in their homes.

    In a statement, the human rights group said it would "violate the rights to freedom of expression and religion of those women who wear the burqa or niqab as an expression of their identity and beliefs".

    The ban would be imposed in all buildings or grounds that are "meant for public use or to provide services", including streets, parks and sports grounds.

    Exceptions could be made for certain festivals.

    Those who break the law could face a fine of 15-25 euros (£13-£27) or a seven-day jail sentence.

    www.news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8652861.stm
     
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    I can understand a ban at places like airports, but this goes too far.
     
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    What "human rights group"?

    The "Muslim Executive of Belgium" ?

    Is that a human rights group, or a Muslim human rights group?

    Obviously they wouldn't be the same thing.

    FWIW, I think the good people Belgium have every right to dictate approriate dress.

    As did the good people of France.

    We Americans may find that repugnant, but let's remember whose nation it is, shall we?
     
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    I agree where matters of public decency are concerned.
     
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    Yeah.

    Wonder how long that will last afer a few Belgians get murdered by extremists??

    Won't be taking any bets. LOL
     

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