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Amnesty International condemns burqa ban
Rights group says Belgium's proposed ban on wearing face-covering Islamic dress in public is 'an act of discrimination in itself'.
May 1, 2010 4:18 by Ben Flanagan
Belgium’s plan to ban burqa-type Islamic dress in public has been attacked by rights group Amnesty International and the local Muslim council.
The two groups condemned last week’s vote by Belgium’s House of Representatives to back a bill which considers face-covering dress as being incompatible with basic security because everyone in public must be recognizable, according to a report by AP.
The law is “being presented as an act to combat discrimination against women whereas as an actual fact it is an act of discrimination in itself,” said David Nichols, executive officer Amnesty International Brussels, quoted by AP.