European Court: Burqa ban does not violate human rights

The burqa ban that has been in force in Belgium, is not contrary to the Convention.

That the European Court of human rights ruled Tuesday. It is forbidden in Belgium since 2011 the face (in part) to cover up in public places.

Two women had a fine because she wore a burqa in Brussels. The highest Belgian courts rejected their defenses, after which they stepped to the Strasbourg Court. That also assessed the request of a Muslim to destroy the ban in three municipalities.

Arguments-the right to privacy, freedom of religion and expression and prohibition of discrimination-were rejected.

The Court ruled three years ago that the French ban on the burqa or the Niqab publicly wearing a. Total facial coverings is diametrically opposed to an open democratic society, because the face "plays an important role in social interaction," said the judges.

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