Dutch MPs vote to ban the burka in public places

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Dutch MPs vote to ban the burka in public places

Women wearing niqab visit the Senate on November 23, 2016 in the Hague, the NetherlandsWomen wearing niqab visit the Senate on November 23, 2016 in the Hague, the Netherlands.

by Our Foreign Staff, Telegraph
29 November 2016 • 6:00pm

Dutch MPs on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to ban the Islamic full-face burka from some public places such as schools and hospitals, the latest such move in a European country.

“The law is adopted,” said the speaker of the lower house of parliament, Khadija Arib, referring to legislation which will also ban burkas, and face coverings just with eye-slits, from public transport.

The motion “to ban all clothing which completely covers the face” from government buildings was approved by 132 members in the 150-seat house, including Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s ruling Liberal-Labour coalition.

The legislation must now go before the Senate for approval before becoming law. It follows similar bans imposed in France and Belgium, and…

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