10 December 2015

Lombardy bans the burqa and niqab

Italy's northeastern region of Lombardy has amended legislation in order to outlaw the burqa and niqab from public offices and hospitals.

The regional government said it has amended a piece of 1975 legislation so as to prevent people from entering public buildings with their faces covered "without a valid reason".

Until now the traditional burqa and niqab - two types of face veil worn by many Muslim women - have been justifiable on grounds of faith, but they will be outlawed under new rules that take effect on January 1st.

“We have updated the law and now nobody with a covered face will be allowed to enter [public offices and hospitals],” Lombardy governor, Robeto Maroni, from Italy's right-wing Northern League party told Il Fatto Quotidiano. [The Local] Read more