The government is confident that by citing public-order concerns, the legislation will not breach the European Convention on Human Rights.
Leyla Cakir, head of Muslim women’s organization Al Nisa, said she was surprised and shocked by the decision.
“You are taking away women’s right of self-determination, and it is all based on fear,” she said.
But in a statement announcing the decision, the government said it was helping women.
“Having to wear a burka or niqab in public goes against equality of men and women,” the government said. “With this legislation, the cabinet is removing a barrier to these women participating in society.”
Battling patriarchy by… enforcing patriarchy AND banning religious clothing. Smart move, Netherlands. Great job. Keep up the good work. Really.