Government of Austria wants to ban gezichtsbedekkende veils

Government of Austria wants to ban gezichtsbedekkende veils

The Austrian chancellor, Christian Kern said Monday that his government is a ban on the wearing of gezichtsbedekkende veils (burkas and niqabs) in public.

The ban is part of a broad package of measures which the government of the Core, the popularity of the extreme right-wing wants to reduce, writes the Austrian section of news website The Local.

Core is the head of an uneasy coalition between his Social Democrats (coil body) and the centre-right people’s y (OeVP). That coalition came last week, almost fall during crisisonderhandelingen about the future political direction.

“We are committed to an open society, what open communication means. A gezichtsbedekkende veil in public is worn in the way and will therefore be prohibited”, in the document by the cabinet was approved.


In addition to the sluierverbod contain the 35 pages of that document, among other measures that the government broader powers in the field of surveillance and security.

Also migrants must henceforth be a “integratiecontract” and a “standards – and the area of values statement and” signs and the access to the Austrian labour market for foreign workers.

“Those who are not prepared are our values from Enlightenment to accept it, will our country and our society must be abandoned”, says the text.

The measures taken should be in the next eighteen months be entered. A large number must still be approved by the Austrian parliament.

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