Bul­garia bans full-face Is­lamic veil

The Myanmar Times - - World -

Bul­garia banned face-cov­er­ing Is­lamic veils in pub­lic, join­ing a small num­ber of EU coun­tries as de­bate rages across Europe about re­li­gious free­doms. Par­lia­ment ap­proved the law that “bans wear­ing in pub­lic cloth­ing that par­tially or com­pletely cov­ers the face”, re­fer­ring to the burqa or the more com­mon niqab. In­fringe­ments carry fines of 200 leva (US$114), ris­ing to 1500 leva for re­peated of­fences. Bul­garia’s mostly cen­turies-old Mus­lim com­mu­nity makes up around 13 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion, mostly in the Turk­ish mi­nor­ity.

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