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Burqas, niqabs to be banned for some professions in Germany

Burqas, niqabs to be banned for some professions in GermanyThe German parliament has supported a draft law banning women working in the civil service, judiciary and military from wearing full-face Islamic veils.

This is reported be The Independent.

Burqas and niqabs will be prohibited in selected professions as part of the legislation, which will not come into effect until being approved by the Bundesrat state parliament.

Thomas de Maiziere, the German interior minister, argued that the ban was compatible with integration as debate continues over the arrival of more than a million asylum seekers in the country.

“Integration also means that we should make clear and impart our values and where the boundaries of our tolerance towards other cultures lie,” he said.

The new law will require government employees to show their faces, as well as giving authorities the power to check women’s identities in elections.

A poll last year showed that 81 per cent of Germans supported a ban on the burqa within public institutions.
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