A map of the countries where women are banned from wearing the veil

Louis Dor
Thursday 11 August 2016 10:10
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Germany's interior minister is due to announce plans to ban the burqa as part of a number of anti-terror measures, local media has reported.

Thomas de Maiziere is announcing the measures in response to recent attacks in German cities. Other measures include deporting criminals faster and changing regulations about doctor and patient confidentiality.

Should the proposals go ahead, Germany will follow Switzerland, which enforced a ban on the full-face veil in the region of Tessin on 1 July 2016.

This means any women wearing a burqa or niqab could face fines of up to 9,200 euros.

A nationwide ban on burqas in public places was rejected by Swiss parliament in 2012.

These are not the only countries to enforce a similar ban - a number of European and African countries have them too.

Picture: Carto/Louis Doré

France introduced a total public ban on full-face veils in 2011, with fines of 150 euros, while Belgium swiftly followed suit.

There, women can be jailed for up to seven days or face a fine of nearly 1,500 euros.

In parts of Catalonia in Spain, there are laws against veils, while the Italian town of Novara has also imposed restrictions.

Bulgaria has introduced a ban for the veil in government offices, schools, cultural institutions, and parks, whereas Latvia has introduced legislation against the veil in public places.

In the Netherlands, burqas and niqabs are not permitted in schools, hospitals or public transport.

Chad and the Republic of Congo placed full bans on veils in public places following suicide bombings, and Cameroon followed suit - however the ban is only active in five provinces.

In Niger, the veil is banned in the region of Diffa, for similar reasons, whereas in Turkey the veil is banned everywhere other than military, police and judiciary institutions.

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