17 June 2016

Bulgaria set to ban niqabs and burqas in crackdown on the face veil

Bulgaria is set to ban niqabs and burqas in a crackdown on women wearing face veils in public places.

A new bill, which was tabled by the nationalist Patriotic Front party (PF), was backed by 108 MPs, with just eight voting against it and no abstentions, at its first reading.

Bulgaria's second-largest opposition party, the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF), attempted to postpone the reading by suggesting the measures be covered in counter-terrorism legislation instead, but the calls were rejected. [The Independent] Read more