October 20, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Australia's Parliament House on Monday lifted a ban on face veils including burqas and niqabs. The short-lived ban was announced earlier this month, prohibiting persons with facial coverings from being in open public galleries. The ban was condemned for segregating Muslim women and potentially ...[read more]
July 23, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On July 23, 2011, Belgium implemented a law banning women from wearing burqas, the Islamic head scarves, in public. Earlier that week, the Council of Europe Commissioner of Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg denounced the legislation. In April 2010, the Belgian House of Representatives had approved ...[read more]
January 26, 2013
by Arjun Mishra
On January 26, 2010, a French parliamentary commission recommended a partial ban on the wearing of burqas and other facial veils donned by Muslim women in public areas. The French Constitutional Court approved a bill banning facial veils in public in October 2010, finding the law and its 150 euro ...[read more]
September 28, 2012
by Michael Haggerson
The Swiss Parliament voted 93-87 on Friday against a bill which would ban burqas and other face coverings in public places. Proponents of the bill argued that banning burqas would promote gender equality and improve national security. Those against the bill argued that it was an excessive measure ...[read more]
July 23, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On July 23, 2011, Belgium implemented a law banning women from wearing burqas, the Islamic head scarves, in public. Earlier that week, the Council of Europe Commissioner of Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg denounced the legislation. In April 2010, the Belgian House of Representatives had approved ...[read more]
April 4, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On April 4, 2011, a Dutch court in Amsterdam upheld a ban on Islamic headscarves at Don Bosco College, a Catholic school in Volendam. The court stated that the school had an interest in maintaining its Catholic character and the ban did not constitute religious discrimination because similar, non- ...[read more]
February 10, 2012
by Ben Klaber
JURIST Guest Columnist Maurits Berger of Leiden University says the legal arguments in support of the burqa ban are feeble because their alleged rationale differs distinctively from the true aim: societal discomfort and the attempt to define national identity in European nations...The Dutch ...[read more]
January 28, 2012
by Jamie Davis
The Cabinet of the Netherlands announced on Friday that a ban on burqas in the Netherlands will go forward later this year. The ban, proposed in September and heavily supported by Geert Wilders' anti-Islam Freedom Party, is aimed at prohibiting burqas and other face coverings. Deputy Prime ...[read more]
September 16, 2011
by Michael Haggerson
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced on Friday that the government will propose legislation to ban burqas and other face coverings. The proposal is being submitted in cooperation with conservative politician Geert Wilders and the Party for Freedom. The government contends that the proposed ...[read more]
August 22, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On August 22, 2010, the Bangladeshi Supreme Court ruled that workplaces and schools cannot force individuals to wear religious clothing. The court found that wearing religious clothing was an individual choice and could not be made mandatory, and that forcing individuals to wear religious clothing ...[read more]

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