Denmark set to ban burqas

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Denmark could be the next place to ban the burqa, following in the footsteps of several other European countries.

According to Reuters, researchers estimate that some 200 women in Denmark wear the niqab, a full-body veil that exposes only the eyes, or the burqa, which covers the eyes as well and has its origins in Afghanistan.

"There will come a masking ban in Denmark".

"Everyone agrees that burkas is an expression of extreme oppression", he wrote, adding that there was now a "vast majority" in parliament who believes face coverings should be banned.

"The forthcoming ban on face covering will receive backing from Venstre", the liberal party's spokesman, Jakob Ellemann-Jensen, told the Danish broadcaster DR, adding that it will be "not a religiously defined ban but it will still obviously cover burqa and niqab".

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The ban on niqab and burqa often raises a debate among people.

The three-party center-right minority government, its ally the Danish People's Party and the main opposition Social Democrats have all said they are in favor of a ban, though they are still discussing how the ban should be designed and enforced. "So if it is practically possible to have such a ban without betraying ourselves or our own values, then the Liberal Alliance will vote for it".

"We are ready to ban the burqa if that is what it takes". While some believe that women should be allowed to choose what they wear - full-face coverings or not - some believe that such coverings oppress the women and it is nearly like they are not allowed to have a voice. However, they are still figuring out the strategy to enforce it. "That's how it is", Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen said on Facebook.

Bulgaria outlawed " wearing in public clothing that partially or completely covers the face" in public places just months before the Netherlands, in September 2016, citing security concerns. Austria, France and Belgium have similar laws. Germany also recently announced a nationwide ban on wearing full-face coverings while driving. In 2012, a Belgian court refused to overturn the ban, saying that it did not violate human rights.

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