Luxembourg law foresees partial ban of face veils in public spaces
Luxembourg Justice Minister Félix Braz has presented a bill that would prohibit the use of face veils in public spaces.
Based on the Dutch model, which features a partial burqa ban, in Luxembourg, the use of a face veil would be banned in schools and educational establishments, hospitals, nursing homes and public institutions, as well as on public transportation.
The ban would apply to both visitors and employees.
According to the draft law, which would amend Article 563 of Luxembourg's criminal code, directors and managers of these institutions may temporarily suspend the ban.
The bill stipulates that a face veil would be allowed when used for a professional, sports, artistic or cultural reason.
In contrast to other European countries, Luxembourg has already enforced a set of rules that ban face-covering at a local level.
Such a ban exists now in 47 local municipalities.
The proposed bill will now be taken to the parliament for a vote.
If passed, the ban will be added to Article 563, which sets out fines of between €25 and €250 for minor administrative offences.
According to a PolitMonitor survey carried out by Luxemburger Wort in 2016, only 16 women in the entire country were reported as burka wearers.
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*An earlier version of this article erroneously stated that the proposed bill also includes a headscarf ban.