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Hijab Ban 5 countries where wearing face veil is a criminal offense

These places all have some form of ban on Islamic coverings worn by Muslim women.

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Face veils have been banned in at least five countries around the world


A country in Europe called the Netherlands is the latest place to ban a face veil, thus making it a criminal offense.

According to this law, anyone found wearing the burqa - which covers the entire face and body - and the niqab - which covers only the face in public places will be subject to a fine of 405 euros, or about $472.

In light of this new law, we take a look at five countries where wearing a face veil is a criminal offense. In no particular order, they are:


A ban was placed on full-face veils like the burqa on July 1, 2016. Following the new law, Muslim women in Ticino, an Italian-speaking region in southern Switzerland, faced a fined of 9,200 euros.

Despite the initial criticism, a recent online poll run by the newspapers Le Matin Dimanche and SonntagsZeitung has shown that majority of Swiss want a nationwide ban on face veils in public places.

The survey was done on 1,167 people.  60% said they would "certainly" vote for the ban,  16% would "without doubt" vote for it, 20% voted against it while 3% had no view.


In 2011, Belgium placed a ban on face-covering veils. Based on this law, anyone with a veil or clothing that obscure people's faces in public places have a penalty of a seven-day jail term or a fine of 1,378 euro.

Hijab: Denmark Muslims protest against ban on full-face veils play Face veils have been banned in at least five countries around the world (justreadonline)



Reportedly, some parts of the Catalonia region, in northeastern Spain, have laws against face-covering veils. These laws were contested and overturned in 2013 by Spain's Supreme Court. According to the court,  "it limits religious freedom". Some areas still observe the ban.

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The French county made history by becoming the first European country to ban face-covering in public places. This happened in April 2011. This law states that women who go against the law will be fined 150 euro while anyone who forces a woman to cover her face will pay a fine of 30,000 euro.


Unlike the rest of the countries on this list, Chad only banned face-covering veils two days after two suic*de bomb attacks in June 2015.

Following the attack,  the prime minister, Kalzeube Pahimi Deubet called for burqas to be burnt. The penalty is an arrest or a jail sentence.

Cameroon also has a ban on face-covering veils for security reasons.

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