Published: 2018-06-01 16:27
Last Updated: 2018-06-01 16:27
Following the French, the Belgian, the Danish Parliament passed a law on Thursday banning the wearing of the niqab and burqa in public places.
Seventy-five MPs voted in favor the bill, while 30 voted against it.
The new legislation states that “anyone who wears a garment that hides the face in public will be punished with a fine,” without directly referring to Muslim women.
The law will come into effect on 1 August, 2018.
Anyone who violates the law will be fined $157. Repeat offenders will pay a fine ten times higher than the original fine.
A statement released by Denmark's Justice Minister Søren Pape Poulsen said: "In terms of value, I see a discussion of what kind of society we should have with the roots and culture we have, that we don't cover our face and eyes, we must be able to see each other and we must also be able to see each other's facial expressions, it's a value in Denmark."
Amnesty International said in a press release that some of the restrictions on wearing Niqab is legitimate due to security concerns, but that this ban is "discriminatory violation of women's rights."