Thursday, April 1, 2010
The Los Angeles Times reports today that a parliamentary committee in Belgium voted unanimously to ban face-covering veils in public. The Belgian House of Representatives is expected to vote on the measure later this month. The proposed legislation, if passed, would make Belgium the first European country to ban wearing of face veils in public. A proponent of the legislation, Daniel Bacquelaine, is quoted in the Los Angeles Times today (page A6) as stating: "We cannot allow someone to claim the right to look at others without being seen."