- Sri Lankan President has issued an order for a ban on burqa,veil or covering of the face in a manner which prevents anyone from being identified.
- The President has used his emergency powers to ban any form of covering of the face in public.This move came days after local Muslim clerics urged Muslim women not to cover their faces amid escalating fears of a backlash after the Easter blasts.
- Muslims account for 10% of the population of the Sri Lanka.Most Sri Lankan Muslims practice a liberal form of the religion, with only a small percentage of women wearing a full face veil known as the niqab.
- The niqab is currently banned in France and Belgium (since 2011), Austria (since 2017),Denmark (since 2018).The Netherlands also has a partial ban on wearing any kind of face cover in public transport,schools and hospitals.In Germany,the niqab is banned while driving.The full face veil is banned in Quebec in Canada and in Barcelona in Spain.
- In October 2018,the UN Human Rights Committee had declared that France’s ban disproportionately harmed the right of women to manifest their religious beliefs and could have the effect of confining them to their homes, impeding their access to public services and marginalising them.
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