Catalonia’s parliament rejected the idea of imposing a ban against the wearing of Burqa: an Islamic veil that Muslim women wear to cover their entire face, except for the eyes.
Almost one week back, a resolution moved by the center right nationalists and the conservatives was passed, but members of the opposing parties suggested a revision because of the absentees at the moment of the voting process.
The session was suspended for time being and a re-vote was ordered to take place. In the end, the new results revealed a victory for the left wing opponents. Whereas, the right wing deputy – Rafael Lopez used an analogy for the Burqa that called it a “degrading prison” for Muslim women. He said that it was a question of moral values and giving “fair rights” to the women across Spain.
The Burqa ban issue is also contributing as a key element for elections that are poised for the near future. Parties are just using this issue for their political advantages. As of now, Barcelona and 9 municipalities in Catalonia have banned the use of the Islamic veils in public; or they are considering the idea of implementing it through and through.
However, the Human Rights group; Amnesty International; called the Catalan deputies to reject the motion in favor of banning the Islamic clothing. John Dalhuisen – Amnesty International’s expert said: “Any sort of ban will just violate the rights to freedom of expression and the religious beliefs of those women who chose to wear the full face veil.”
The “Justice” Minister – Francisco Caamano said that the government is planning to impose a ban on the usage of veils in public places under a new law that was proposed recently. Out of the 47 million Spanish population, 1 million people are Muslims and there is a wide portion of the Muslim community that lives in the Catalonian regions.
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