Monday, January 30, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: Austria Bans Veil in Public Places

Austria's governing coalition has agreed to prohibit full-face veils in courts, schools and other "public places" as part of a package of reforms.

The coalition of Social Democrats and the centrist People's party also agreed to ban police officers, judges and magistrates and public prosecutors from wearing head scarves in the interest of appearing "ideologically and religiously neutral" while serving the state.

The French parliament passed an act more than six years ago that made France the first European Union country to ban the niqab and burqa, the full-face or face-and-body coverings worn by some Muslim women, in public places. Others have followed.

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