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Amnesty, Muslim council against Belgian burqa bill - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive
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BRUSSELS (AP) – Belgium’s Muslim council and rights group Amnesty International are leading the criticism of plans to ban burqa-type Islamic dress in public.

They condemn Thursday’s vote by the House of Representatives to back a bill which considers burqa-type clothing incompatible with basic security because everyone in public must be recognizable.

Friday’s criticism came as the bill now moves to the senate. It is unclear though when the senate will be able to vote on it since Belgium’s government has fallen and elections are expected in mid-June.

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