Netherlands becomes ninth EU country to ban burqas

The Netherlands has become the ninth EU country to ban the burqa after outlawing “face-covering clothing” in public places such as schools, hospitals and public transport.

Islamic veils and robes such as the burqa and niqab will be affected by the ban, but not the hijab, which covers only the hair.

The country’s parliament made the final approval in a vote yesterday, which far-right campaigners have claimed as a major victory.

The new law is described by the government as “religion-neutral” and does not go as far as more extensive bans in other European countries.

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