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Belgian Muslim Women to File Suit against Burka Ban

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TEHRAN, July 22 (ICANA) – Two Belgian Muslim women are to file a lawuit in the country's constitutional court against the burka ban, set to begin on Saturday, the Belgian daily Soir reported on Friday.
Friday, July 22, 2011 10:22:24 PM
Belgian Muslim Women to File Suit against Burka Ban

The women argued their religious freedom was violated by outlawing the burka.

Wearing the burka or the niqab in public places in Belgium could reportedly result in a monetary fine or a jail sentence of up to seven days.

The number of burka-wearing women in Belgium hover around 270.

The controversial burka ban legislation was approved in late April.

Belgium's neighbor France became the first European country to ban

full-face veils in April this year.

The Strasbourg-based Council of Europe which is an independent institution responsible for raising awareness of rights issues across the Council of Europe's 47 member states, has harshly criticized the ban,

labeling it a 'sad capitulation' to xenophobia.

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