January 20, 2018

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Austria to ban full-face veils in public places

Austria to ban full-face veils in public places

Austria has announced plans to ban full-face veils in all public places in aim of fending off the challenge of the far-right.

Chancellor of Austria Christian Kern stated that the governing coalition has agreed to ban the veils in places such as courts, and schools.

The move comes as part of a package of reforms drawn up after more than a week of negotiations. The plans were outlined in a new 35-page document, which hopes to implement the new policies over the coming 18 months.

Papers also state that migrants granted the right to stay in Austria must sign an ‘integration contract’ and a ‘statement of values’. The coalition of Social Democrats and the centrist People’s party also agreed to prohibit police officers, judges and magistrates and public prosecutors from wearing head scarves.

It was stated that the ban was in the interest of appearing ‘ideologically and religiously neutral’ while serving the state. The document includes plans to increase Austria’s surveillance and security services. Read more

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