|Author (Person)||Alosi, Alessandra|
|Series Details||June 2018|
On 31 May 2018, Denmark passed a law that prohibited the use in public places of the full veil covering the face. Those who break the law could be fined 1,000 kroner (€134). The ban also targeted other accessories that hid the face such as balaclavas, masks and false beards. The law did allow headscarves, turbans and Jewish skull caps to be worn.
The law came into force on the 1 August 2018 amidst protests in Copenhagen.
The Danish ban followed similar recent bans on full face veils in Belgium, France, Bulgaria and parts of Switzerland.
When the bill was proposed earlier in 2018, Denmark’s Justice Minister Søren Pape Poulsen said covering one’s face was 'disrespectful' to others and 'incompatible with the values in Danish society'.
Amnesty International said a ban was neither 'necessary nor proportionate' and accused Denmark of violating freedom of expression and freedom of religion.
|Subject Categories||Values and Beliefs|
|Countries / Regions||Denmark|