Where in the world are the burka and niqab banned?

Here is an overview of countries that have banned the burka, which completely covers the body, and the niqab, which covers the head and face.

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Uk has long called for a ban Islamic full face veils in Britain and has pointed to laws that exist in other European countries.
The UK does not have a ban on Islamic dress but schools can decide their own dress code and prevent students from wearing face veils.
Here is an overview of countries that have banned the burka, which completely covers the body, and the niqab, which covers the head and face.

France
France was the first country in Europe to ban Islamic face veils, such as the burka and the niqab, in public places.
The controversial ban took effect in April 2011 and made it illegal for Muslim women to leave their homes with their faces covered.
Women can be fined for wearing a face veil, while anyone who uses threats and violence to forces a woman to wear a veil risks a €30,000 fine and a year in prison.
In July 2014 the European Court of Human Rights upheld the ban.

Belgium
Belgium was the second European country after France to introduce a ban on full face veils, which outlawed the burka and niqab in public areas.
Women who cover their faces in public places like streets and parks can be fined and sentenced to up to seven days in jail.
The ban came into effect in July 2011.

The Netherlands
The Dutch cabinet last year approved plans to ban the full face Islamic veil in government buildings, schools, hospitals and on public transport.
The ban does not completely outlaw the veil in public, but forbids it in "specific situations where it is essential for people to be seen" or for security reasons.

Switzerland
A majority of the electorate in the Swiss region of Ticino voted in favour of a ban on face veils in public areas in 2013.
The ban came into force in 2016. Muslim women who wear the veil in shops, restaurants or public buildings can be fined up to €9,200 (£7,890).



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