”A historical day because this is the first step to de-Islamize the Netherlands.” -Dutch Senator Marjolein Fabre-Van de Klashorst ———————————-<p>
Effective Thursday, August 1st , a law in the Netherlands will take effect banning face-covering headgear, including burkas and niqabs, from such public spaces as courthouses, schools, hospitals and public transportation.
The law, known as the Partial Ban On Face Covering Clothing passed the Dutch Senate in June 2018. Violators are to be issued a fine of 150 euros (~170 U.S. dollars) for each offense.
Municipal authorities of the Dutch cities of Amsterdam, Utrecht and Rotterdam (pictured, population ~625,000) have stated that they do not intend to prioritize the law or its entailed fines. “It does not fit with Amsterdam that we take people out of the tram because they wear a nikab,” shared Amsterdam Mayor Femke Haselma in November 2018. “That’s unspeakable, it seems to me.”
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has responded by issuing a statement that the ban applies to the entire country, including its largest cities.
The Netherlands has approximately 150 women who wear burkas and niqabs on a daily basis.
In its June 2018 passage of the headgear ban, the Netherlands became Europe’s ninth country to impose similar local and national legislation, following France’s lead in 2011. In Germany, as in the Netherlands, the law requires that headgear be removed before judges, police and soldiers for purposes of identification.
The European court of human rights upheld France’s ban in 2014, stating that banning full-face veils does not breach religious freedom. ( Sources: NL Times.nl @nltimes.nl , DutchNews @dutchnewsnl , The Telegraph @telegraph & The Sun @thesun )
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