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Netherlands approves limited ban on ‘face covering clothing’ like niqabs and burqas

Dutch government claims people will still have freedom to choose how to dress

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A woman wears a niqab ( Getty )

The Netherlands has approved a ban on wearing “face-covering clothing” including the burqa and niqab in some public settings.

The limited prohibition will not block wearing of the hijab, which only covers a woman’s hair. It applies on public transport and in education institutions, health institutions such as hospitals and government buildings.

The country’s Parliament upper chamber made the final approval in a vote.

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The Independent

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