• Saturday, August 13, 2022

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German lawmakers approve partial burqa ban

Integration: Germany has adopted a new law on the full face veil (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

By: Rithika Siddhartha

GERMAN lawmakers yesterday (27) approved a partial ban on the full-face burqa (Islamic veil) and a package of security measures aimed at preventing extremist attacks. The new laws follow several jihadist attacks, including a truck rampage through a Berlin Christmas market that claimed 12 lives, and come ahead of September elections. The new law on facial coverings falls short of a total ban in public places demanded by right-wing parties, like that in effect in France since 2011. The prohibition will apply to public servants – including election officials, military and judicial staff – performing their duties. “The state has…

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