Dutch Senate passes law banning wearing of face-covering veils in government offices, hospitals

Dutch Senate passes law banning wearing of face-covering veils in government offices, hospitals

Lawmakers in Netherlands on Tuesday, June 26, passed a law banning the wearing of face-covering veils in public buildings.

According the Dutch Upper House of parliament, the face-covering can't be worn in schools, government offices and hospitals, US News reports.

NAIJ.com gathers that in 2016 the Lower House approved the bill in 2016, after attempts to impose a more general ban on burqas and other face-covering veils failed.

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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that a group of Muslim women under Hijab Rights Advocacy Initiative announced that their constitutional rights were being infringed on by government and private agencies.

The group lamented that most women in hijab had been denied jobs and other opportunities in the country, even when they were qualified for such jobs.

The Coordinator of the group, Hajia Mutiat Orolu-Balogun, said Muslim women in hijab were forced to expose their ears and heads before sitting for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination or getting Bank Verification Numbers.

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Orolu-Balogun said: “Imagine being asked to take off your shirt because you want to get your driving licence, or being told that you would not be able to vote because you wouldn’t show your cleavage in the picture on your voter card."

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