Belgium will soon become the second country in Europe to ban the burqa in public places, after the parliament passed legislation banning the full veil, author of the account said today. The legislation has cleared the Senate last week quietly after it was approved overwhelmingly by the lower chamber of deputies last month, when only a Green legislator voted against it and two abstained.
The new law will take effect 10 days after it is published in Belgian Official Journal, in around a month. France became the first European country to ban the burqa on April 11. The Belgian law, designed by Daniel Bacquelaine liberal legislature, prohibiting all clothing that conceals the face. It is a law that takes into account a fundamental principle of equality between men and women, "said Bacquelaine.
"Also, if we want an open society, the visibility of the face is essential. Humanity is a face," he said. The lawmakers first voted for the legislation in April 2010 but was shelved after the government collapsed following the parliamentary elections two months later. Only a few hundred women in Belgium are believed to wear the burqa, a full body veil or niqab, that hides his face