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Swiss Lower House Approves Burqa Ban

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 12:06 pm (UTC-5)
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The lower house of Switzerland’s parliament has approved a ban on burqas and other face covering veils in certain public places. By a margin of 101-77 Wednesday, the lower house voted to outlaw the face coverings on public transportation and when dealing with authorities. The measure was backed by Oskar Freysinger of the nationalist Swiss […]

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French Court Fines 2 Women for Breaking Burqa Ban

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 12:51 pm (UTC-5)
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A French court has for the first time fined two Muslim women for wearing full-face veils in public in a case that could have legal implications across Europe. Hind Ahmas was fined $160 in the northern town of Meaux, east of Paris, for flouting the burqa ban Thursday, while Najate Naitali received a fine of […]

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Italy Approves Draft Law Banning Burqas

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Italy’s parliamentary commission has approved a draft law banning women from wearing veils that cover their faces in public. The draft law was sponsored by Souad Sbai, a Moroccan-born member of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s conservative Freedom People party. The law, which was passed by the constitutional affairs commission Tuesday, would prohibit women from wearing […]

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Australian State Allows Police to Unveil Muslim Women

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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Australia’s most populous state has approved a law permitting police to order Muslim women to remove burqas and other face-covering veils. The law was introduced Monday in New South Wales, where a Muslim woman was convicted of falsely accusing a police officer of forcing her to remove her burqa during a random breath test for […]


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