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10 Countries Where Muslim Women Can’t Wear Veils
burka bans
Published: Aug 15, 2016
Muslim women have been discriminated against based on their choice to cover their heads and bodies with a piece of cloth. Here is the list of countries that have banned the burka, which completely covers the body, and the niqab, which covers the head and face.

1. France

France was the first European country to ban the burqa in public. It started in 2004, with a clampdown on students in state-run schools displaying any form of religious symbol. But in April 2011, the government went further by bringing in a total public ban on full-face veils.

Source: The Guardian
Source: The Guardian

2. Belgium

Belgium approved a ban on full-face veils in 2011. It outlaws any clothing that obscures people’s faces in public places.

Source: sbs.com.au
Source: sbs.com.au

3. The Netherlands

Last year the Netherlands approved a partial ban on the full veil, meaning women cannot have their faces covered in schools, hospital and on public transport.

Source: iwpeace.com
Source: iwpeace.com

4. Italy

Italy does not have a national ban on the full-face veil, but in 2010, the town of Novara imposed restrictions.

Source: biyokulule.com
Source: biyokulule.com

5. Spain

Several parts of Catalonia in Spain have laws against burkas and niqabs.

Source: Youtube
Source: Youtube

6. Chad

Women have been banned from wearing a full veil in Chad June 2015.

Source: naijagists.com
Source: naijagists.com

7. Cameroon

Cameroon followed suit a month after Chad by banning burkas following suicide bombings by people wearing veils.

Source: newswirengr.com
Source: newswirengr.com

8. Niger

The veil is banned in Diffa, a region that has been hit by Boko Haram, and the president suggested the hijab could also be banned.

Source: voanews.com
Source: voanews.com

9. Congo-Brazzaville

The veil has been banned here since 2015 in public places.

Source: Telegraph
Source: Telegraph

10. Switzerland

The the latest country to pass a ban on the full-face veil, though it only stands in the region of Tessin.

Source: conservativepost.com
Source: conservativepost.com