Denmark latest European country to ban burqa, niqab

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark
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Denmark has joined some other European countries in banning garments that cover the face, including Islamic veils such as the niqab or burqa.

In a 75-30 vote with 74 absentees, Danish lawmakers on Thursday approved the law presented by Denmark's center-right governing coalition. The government says that it is not aimed at any religions and does not ban headscarves, turbans or the traditional Jewish skull cap.

However, the law is popularly known as the "Burqa Ban" and is mostly seen as being directed at the dress worn by some conservative Muslim women. Few Muslim women in Denmark wear full-face veils.

Those violating the law that enters into force Aug. 1 risk a fine of 1,000 kroner ($156).

Austria, France and Belgium have similar laws.

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