A German MEP has called for a Europe-wide ban on the burka, saying that covering women “openly supports values that we do not share in Europe”.
Silvana Kock-Mehrin is head of Germany’s Free Democrats, coalition partners in the government in Berlin. She told the Berlin weekly “Bild am Sonntag” that the burqa was “an attack on women’s rights, a mobile prison”.
The call follows a vote in the Belgian parliament to ban the burka on security grounds, although the move has been jeopardised by the fall of the government.
France is also preparing a draft law for debate in parliament later this month.
Some Muslim groups and human rights organisations have criticised the attempted bans on full-face veils, arguing that they contravene the European Convention on Human Rights.