Baltic politicians mull over Burqa ban

  • 2015-09-02
  • By Richard Martyn-Hemphill
TALLINN - Will burqas, a traditional islamic veil used to cover the entire body and face, remain legal in the Baltics? Estonia’s Minister of Social Protection Margus Tsahkna said last month that his ministry has mooted the idea of banning burqas in public places. Banning the burqa, Tsahkna argued, could be justified on the grounds of state security. He has since tabled a proposal to the Ministry of Justice, arguing that similar bans on face covering exist in other EU member states, including France and the Netherlands. Tsahkna’s idea...
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