PVV submits bill banning burqa

12th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

12 July 2007, THE HAGUE – Wearing a burqa or niqab on the street should be banned. Women who leave their homes wearing this kind of garment that conceals the face entirely should be subject to a fine of EUR 3,350 maximum or a prison sentence of 12 days. This is contained in draft legislation that Freedom Party PVV leader Geert Wilders will submit in Parliament on Thursday.

12 July 2007

THE HAGUE – Wearing a burqa or niqab on the street should be banned. Women who leave their homes wearing this kind of garment that conceals the face entirely should be subject to a fine of EUR 3,350 maximum or a prison sentence of 12 days. This is contained in draft legislation that Freedom Party PVV leader Geert Wilders will submit in Parliament on Thursday.

The party announced the bill this morning. Wilders had said in February already that he would be drawing up this kind of bill.

Liberal VVD minister at the time Rita Verdonk had also announced a general ban last year on face-concealing clothing in public spaces, on the street and in the bus, for example. The new government weakened this proposal in the coalition agreement and says that this kind of clothing can be banned in certain situations where it endangers public order and security.

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Subject: Dutch news

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