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This tag is used as a generic term for all version of the Islamic veil. Sharia Watch recognises there are different styles of this head covering but they are not significant in terms of their effect nor widely recognised by the public at large.

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Denmark
News Date: 
06/10/2017
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COPENHAGEN: Denmark looks set to become the next European country to restrict the burqa and the niqab, worn by some Muslim women, after most parties in the Danish parliament backed some sort of ban on facial coverings. Full and partial face veils such as burqas and niqabs divide opinion across Europe, setting advocates of religious freedom against secularists and those who argue that such garments are culturally alien or a symbol of the oppression of women.

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India
News Date: 
06/09/2017
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A Kuwaiti national and three women travelling with him were sent back to Dubai from Delhi airport on Monday, after the man refused to unveil the faces of the women and created a ruckus at the immigration counter.

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Tajikistan
News Date: 
02/09/2017
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The Tajikistan government has banned its women from wearing veils and has introduced a legislation, wherein it has asked the women to "stick to traditional national clothes and culture".

Morocco bans sale and production of burqa amid growing terrorism fears

According to a Times of India report, this decision was taken in order to stop women from wearing Islamic clothing.

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Australia
News Date: 
28/08/2017
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"[The burka] is a sign of segregation, separation, rejection of the values we see all around us — values of acceptance and tolerance and otherness," she said. "[It reflects] a culture that treats woman as a sexualised object that has to be covered.

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Canada
News Date: 
20/08/2017
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A bill in Quebec that would force people to be unmasked when in receipt of a public service has been amended to include public transport which could see wearers of the Islamic full face veil banned from using local buses. Bill 62 in the Quebec National Assembly would make it impossible for anyone wearing a mask or face covering to offer or receive public services, Canadian public broadcaster CBC reports. The bill, which was originally proposed in 2015, has been the subject of controversy in the province with some a

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I don't think the burka or hijab should be allowed in any British schools, you should leave your religion at the school gates! A row has erupted at a school in  Burnley after plans for a universal "swimming cap" style headscarf was seen as too short by some Muslim parents. I spoke to local councillor Shah Hussain, to find out why parents were getting so worked up, but he didn't seem to want to answer a direct question!

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Norway
News Date: 
12/06/2017
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The Norwegian government on Monday proposed a bill to ban the full-face Muslim veil in all schools, from nurseries to universities, saying it hinders communication between students and teachers. Norway’s ruling coalition of conservative and anti-immigration rightwing parties had promised the ban last year, targeting the full-face veil called the niqab as well as burqas, balaclavas and masks. “We do not want clothes covering the face in nurseries, schools and universities,” Minister of Education and Research Torbjorn Roe Isaksen said in a statement.

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Anne Marie Waters talks about the need for an open, nuanced debate about the merits of Islam and her campaign, For Britain.

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Radical Islam’s takeover of the lives of Egypt’s educated women.

These photos represent the gradual but steady Islamic radicalization invading the Middle East and the rest of the world in the last three decades. I lived in Egypt until the year 1978 and have never wore a head cover, neither did my mother or grandmother. And this is thanks to a feminist movement that started in Cairo in 1919 under the leadership of the famous Egyptian feminist Hoda Shaarawi.

Shaarawi had attended women’s conferences in Europe and Turkey, which was undergoing major reforms by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk who wanted to be more like Europe and less like Muslim Arabia. Upon her return from a trip to Rome in 1923, Shaarawi performed a bold act that became the central symbol of her life: with the support of several upper class Egyptian women, she removed her veil in public, at the crowded Cairo train station.  If such an act of defiance had happened today in Iran or even Egypt, she would be executed by the Iranian government and, as to Egypt, she could be killed by an Islamist on the street for defying or insulting Islam.

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