Friday, April 28, 2017

Germany OKs Burqa Ban for Public Servants; Part of Security Plan to Avoid Terror Attacks

German lawmakers have approved a partial ban on the full-face burqa Islamic veil and a package of security measures aimed at preventing extremist attacks, the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website reports today (April 28, 2017).

The new laws follow several jihadist attacks, including a truck rampage through a Berlin Christmas market that claimed 12 lives last year.

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 neighboring France since 2011.

The prohibition will apply to public servants -- including election officials, military and judicial staff -- performing their duties.

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