Belgian face veil ban backed in European court ruling

Source: BBC News

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Belgium’s ban on face veils does not violate the European Convention on Human Rights.

It was a ruling in a case brought by two women who wanted to wear the niqab veil, which covers all but the eyes.

Belgium banned the wearing of partial or total face veils in public in 2011.

The court agreed that the ban sought to guarantee the concept of “living together” and the “protection of the rights and freedoms of others”.

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