Belgium: New Burqa Ban Challenged in Court

Muslim woman in Yemen.

Muslim woman wearing a niqab in Yemen. Image via Wikipedia

Two Muslim women who wear full veils decided Friday to challenge the ban in the country\’s constitutional court, Belgian media reported.

“We consider the law as a disproportionate intrusion into fundamental rights such as the freedom of religion and expression,” Ines Wouters, the women’s lawyer, was quoted as saying in the newspaper La Libre.

“This measure is discriminatory,” Wouters said.

…The Council of Europe’s human rights commissioner, Thomas Hammarberg, criticised burqa and niqab bans this week, saying such measures threaten to exclude women rather than liberating them.

“In fact, the banning may run counter to European human rights standards, in particular the right to respect for one’s private life and personal identity,” he said.

“The way the dress of a small number of women has been portrayed as a key problem requiring urgent discussion and legislation is a sad capitulation to the prejudices of the xenophobes.”

via Belgium\’s New Burqa Ban Challenged in Court.

If this Mr. Hammarberg would be assaulted by someone dressed in a burqa, I’m sure he would like to know who was the culprit. Oh, well, that surely would make him a dangerous xenophobe wanting to go on a murderous spree…🙄

5 comments on “Belgium: New Burqa Ban Challenged in Court

  1. Hi Claudi.
    Before the “Burqa” legislation they had already a police bylaw in Belgium covering this ‘headgear ‘ sadly no politician had the guts to enforce it.

    For at least 20 years there is and was a Belgium bylaw (Police bylaw) that most towns had accepted.This law states that the wearing of a masks,cosmetics or other(Vail) to cover the face is forbidden in public places ,except for the designated period of Carnival.
    Now they are trying to say that the new law no longer a bylaw is designated just for them this is false it’s just another example of not accepting excisting laws!
    Police regulations

    Art. 78.Het is forbidden to conceal the face disguise, make-up wearing masks on the public road or in places accessible to the public except:

    1 ° on Shrove Tuesday, the Sunday that precedes it, the Sunday that follows it , and the Sunday that follows the Thursday of the Mid-Lent.

    2 ° the participants in an authorized historic, folkloric or camavalparade.

    3 ° during a masked ball.

    Except for a special autorisation is the wearing off a mask prohibited.

    • Claudia says:

      Yes, that kind of regulation is common in most places and has been for ages. Carnival had a very bad history of murders and attacks precisely because it was (and is) a normal exception.

      they are trying to say that the new law no longer a bylaw is designated just for them this is false it’s just another example of not accepting excisting laws!

      Just as in any other place, these fanatics are trying to push for their islamization’s agenda.
      It also has happened recently in Australia with Carnita Matthews’ case.

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