View Full Version : Belgian lawmakers pass burka ban

04-30-2010, 10:03 AM
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.

Senate approval

Thursday's vote was almost unanimous with 134 MPs in support of the law and two abstentions.
It is expected to pass through the Senate without being blocked, with initial reports saying it could come into law as early as June or July.

But the Liberals and Christian Democrats - both represented in the Senate - say they will question the phrasing of the law, which could cause delays.

It will also take longer to become law if elections are called, as parliament would have to be dissolved. The Belgium government collapsed last week.

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.

Amnesty International said a ban would set a "dangerous precedent".

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.


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Ummu Sufyaan
05-01-2010, 04:37 AM
i cant help but wonder what these non-muslim countries would do had we stuck to our deen in our own countries...in other words stop locking up scholars and help our brothers and sisters in need. sometimes its just a no brainer really.

05-01-2010, 03:48 PM
Asalamu Alikum Wa rehamtullahi Wa Barakatuh!

This is not right! And yeah, it IS against the freedom of speech! Doesn't every country allow it's civilians to practice their religion without any interference from the govt? Well it seems that not every country...

Umm..., one point which confuses me is that don't you people think that their one reason for banning the full face veil is right because it hides the identity of the person concerned? I mean how will the other person know that the one under the burka is a female or someone esle! Hee-hee!

I say this because in my country, many terrorist attacks were done by people who resorted to such undignified plan of wearing burka and bombing the whole place up unidentified!

I mean women can leave their face uncovered as this is not a "must" in Shariah. But if they are trying to ban the whole "burka thing" then I'll some day come to their country, wear 3 burkas on top of another; go down their street shouting "Allahu Akbar" and will see what they can do about it...! LOL!

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