Austria to ban Naqab, Burqa in public places

Photo related to full-face veils coverings worn by Muslim women.

Vienna: According to Austria media reports, the governing coalition has agreed today to ban full-face veils in courts, schools and other public places.

The prohibition will apply to the naqab and burqa, the full-face or face-and-body coverings worn by Muslim women.

The 35-page statement included increased security measures and forcing migrants to sign an “integration contract” and a “statement of values”.

“Those who are not prepared to accept enlightenment values will have to leave our country and society,” according to the text of the coalition agreement published on Monday.

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The agreement also banned police officers, judges and magistrates and public prosecutors from wearing head scarves in the interest of appearing “ideologically and religiously neutral”.

The French Parliament passed an act more than six years ago that made France the first European Union country to ban the burka and naqab in public places.

In December, German chancellor Angela Merkel called for a ban on the full-face veil as she launched her re-election bid for a fourth term in office.

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