German MPs approve partial burqa ban

German MPs approve partial burqa ban, by The Australian.

The new law on facial coverings falls short of a total ban in public places demanded by right-wing parties, like that in effect in neighbouring France since 2011.

The prohibition will apply to public servants — including election officials, military and judicial staff — performing their duties.

“The state has a duty to present itself in an ideologically and religiously neutral manner,” says the text of the law passed by the lower house in the evening. …

People can also be required to remove facial coverings in order to match them with their identity papers.

Burqa etc.

hat-tip Stephen Neil