January 8, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
A French court on Wednesday convicted Cassandra Belin for wearing a burqa in violation of the controversial law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public, rejecting her bid to have the ban declared unconstitutional. Belin was sentenced to one month in prison for insulting and ...[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]
February 28, 2013
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
The Spanish Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a city ban on wearing veils over the face in municipal buildings, finding that the law infringes on religious freedom. The city of Lleida, in Catalonia, was the first Spanish city to impose such a ban, but only about 3 percent of its population is ...[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]
September 4, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On September 4, 2010, over 100,000 people protested against the security policies of President Nicolas Sarkozy. The protestors also called for the expulsion of illegal Roma communities and the bid by the French government to ban the wearing of the Muslim burqa. In August 2010, the UN Committee on ...[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]
July 14, 2012
by Cynthia Miley
On July 14, 2011, Belgium's interim cabinet announced via the Belgian Official Journal that the nation would be officially banning the burqa. The Belgian House of Representatives voted 136-0 to approve the law instituting the ban in April 2010; the Senate approved it in May 2010, but the law's ...[read more]
July 13, 2012
by Cody Harding
On July 13, 2010, the French National Assembly approved a bill making it illegal to wear an Islamic burqa or full face veil in public. The bill, passed by a vote of 336-1, permits police to require women wearing the veil to show their face. If a woman refuses, she can be forced to attend ...[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]

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