Denmark joins European countries in 'burqa ban'

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The bans seemingly seek to restrict the proliferating expression of political Islam in Europe.

Henriksen said that while individual liberties must be protected in Denmark, Danes must also do what they can to combat an Islamic ideology that, in his view, would see many more rights than just clothing choices stripped away from the Danish people.

Danish minister called facial coverings 'incompatible with Danish values'.

"But I won't take my niqab off so I have to find another solution", the 20-year-old added. "Now that the ban has been approved, Parliament should, in the opinion of the Danish People's Party, continue to work on additional measures against the Islamization of Denmark". We must take care to show respect for our community and the values that bind us together.

Danish National Radio reported the ban won't apply in some cases if the garments serve a "worthy objective", like protection from cold weather.

If it turns out to focus only on women in the niqab or burqa, it could amount to discrimination against a minority group and hence be against the law, Louise Holck of the Danish Institute for Human Rights told TV2 television.

The Danish Parliament adopted today a law forbidding the wearing of veil in public places.

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The Norwegian government had earlier said that veil in all the schools, nurseries and educational institutions must be banned as it obstructs "good communication" between pupils and teachers. They argued that if there is just one person who is being forced to do it then there should be a law, Warburg says.

"It has taken nearly 10 years to convince a majority in the parliament that we should ban burqa and niqab in public space". The face is your passport.

The law comes into effect on August 1.

Denmark has joined the European nations, which have already restricted the wearing of the Islamic veil in public spaces. Syria too has a ban on the use of face veils since 2010.

The Dutch parliament introduced legislation targeting the veil in 2016. Violators will be fined 1,000 kroner, about $157, for the first offense.

Besides being considered a form of female oppression, the veil is construed by supporters of the ban as a barrier to communication in public and is a potential security risk.

Women can be subjected to 150 euro (£131/$174) fines and instructions in citizenship for breaking the ban.

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