Germany: Burka ban to be proposed in security clampdown


Source: BBC

Germany’s interior minister will back plans to ban the burka as part of a raft of anti-terror measures, local media say.

Thomas de Maiziere also proposes deporting criminals more quickly and relaxing doctor confidentiality rules.

He is due to announce some ideas on Thursday, and back some ideas from ministers in his party next week.

There have been repeated attacks in German cities recently, some of them related to Islamist terror.

In July, an axe-wielding teenager from Afghanistan injured five people on a train in Wuerzburg before he was shot dead by police.

The same month, a failed asylum seeker from Syria killed himself and injured 15 people when he set off a bomb outside a music festival in Ansbach.

Both attacks were claimed by the so-called Islamic State group.

The burka is a strict Muslim veil for women that covers the full head and body. Not many people in Germany wear it.

The country has very few restrictions on people’s dress. A committee of the government issued a report in 2012 saying it would be unconstitutional to ban the full burka or the niqab facial veil.

But there are some exceptions. For instance, it is illegal to cover your face in a football stadium in Germany.

Burka bans exist in other parts of Europe, notably France, Belgium and some towns in Italy.

Patient confidentiality

In Germany, doctors who breach patient confidentiality can face up to a year in prison or be forced to pay a fine.

But under Mr de Maiziere’s proposed changes, they would have to inform the authorities if they became suspicious that a patient was planning to harm other people.

The proposals have drawn sharp criticism from across the political left and from doctors.

Frank Ulrich Montgomery, the head of the German Medical Association, said: “Patient confidentiality protects patients’ privacy and is a basic right under the constitution.

“The tense domestic security situation must not tempt us into rash political and legal measures.”

On Thursday, Mr de Maiziere is expected to announce the plans for speeding up the deportation process, making being a “threat to public security” grounds for deporting migrants, and relaxing doctors’ confidentiality obligations.

Next week, he is expected to back a series of measures being considered by a grouping of German states’ interior ministers from within his own Christian Democrat party and its Bavarian sister party.

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    If people afraid of Burqa or Hijab you better NOT to wear Hijab or Burqa in public place. Isla, do not scare people but make people feel save and blessing.

    Burqa and Jilbab have limited women to participate the international Olympics, and make people scared other people too. whereas Burqa or Jilbab is the ancient Arab tradition who live in desert in order to protect her head, hand and feet from the sand storm that can harm women badly. That is a logical reason why Allah and Prophet Muhammad (saw) suggested. Covering hair, hand and feet are not obligation in Islam Quran 24:31, Quran 33:59, but those verses are suggestion for women who live in desert.
    Islam is logical religion, progress and modern Religion. The wives and Daughters of King Abdullah of Jordan and President Assad of Syria (shia) do not wear the ancient Aeab tradition dress anymore.They are modern Muslim who live in 21st Century.

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