Brussels. July 11. INTERFAX – the European Court of justice has rendered a decision which upheld a ban Belgium at the women wearing the niqab in public places, reported on Tuesday the Western media.
“(Prohibition – “if”) protects the rights and freedoms of other persons is necessary in a democratic society” – leads the publication of excerpts from the court verdict.
In this case the judge came to the conclusion that the restriction on the wearing of the Muslim headgear maintains the integrity of the companies in Belgium.
The lawsuit was filed in the EU court by two women who profess Islam. One of them has Belgian nationality, and the other came from Morocco.
According to the plaintiffs, Belgian law violates their right to personal liberty and, thus, is discriminatory.
The ban on wearing the niqab in public places was introduced in Belgium in 2011. In accordance with the decision of the Belgian court on the territory of the country “appearing with fully or partially hidden face in such a way that it prevents him to recognize”.
In addition to Belgium, similar measures were taken in France and Austria.