Saturday, 23 July 2011
A Belgian law banning the wearing of burka-style Islamic dress in public has come into effect.

Belgian MPs approved the ban on grounds of security, but a lawyer hopes to get the law suspended next week pending a hearing.

Ines Wouters, a lawyer representing two women who sometimes wear the burka, said she had taken the case to the country's constitutional court and would request a suspension.

Ms Wouters said the law conflicted with freedom of religion, the right to privacy, freedom of expression and equality between men and women.

She said police officers can ask people for their identification but "security in Europe does not mean you can be identified and controlled by anybody at any time".



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