Danish Government drops controversial Burka ban

burkhaThe governing Conservative Party in Denmark has decided to drop its contentious proposal for the banning of Burkas. As reported by Danish news source Politiken, the Minister for Justice Biran Mikkelsen said: “It’s obvious that neither I, nor a party such as the Conservative People’s Party, can support a proposal that raises that sort of legal issue”.

Mikkelsen’s statement follows the recent statement by Integration Spokesman Naser Khader of the Conservative Party, who said in August: “We don’t want to see burkas in Denmark. We simply can’t accept that some of our citizens walk around with their faces covered”.

The Ministry of Justice has studied the controversial proposal, which called for a ban on both the niqab and burka in public spaces, and decided against adopting it. Mikkelsen went on to claim that: “The Justice Ministry officials have said that in their view, the proposal raises important issues in relation to the European Convention on Human Rights, and the Constitution.”

The junior minority Conservative Party announced the proposal in August, led by their new integration spokesman. Naser Khader has also reportedly added that his original call should also be applied to domestic situations.

Despite refusing the proposal, Mikkelsen has announced that he plans to form a working group to examine how the burka can be limited by alternate means. ”The burka represents an oppressive view of women and humanity which the government does not feel has a place in Denmark. So the government has set up a fast-working burka group to study the issue and I am looking forward to its findings,” said the Justice Minister.

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