The new law will come into force on August 1.
The Danish authorities have imposed a ban on wearing clothing that completely covers the face — this will include some traditional Muslim headgear, writes The Guardian. The authors of the law insist that it is not directed against any kind of religion: for example, wearing a hijab that covers the head, but leaves the face open, no one will have problems.
Those who still continue to appear in public places in the clothes covering the face, will face a fine of 1 thousand crowns (about $150). In case of repeated violations, this figure can grow up to 10 thousand kroons ($1,500), and the culprit risks to go to jail for up to 6 months.
According to the Minister of Justice Søren Pape Poulsen, the police will follow the new rules: since there are no clear requirements in the law, law enforcement officials “are recommended to be guided by common sense”.
The adoption of the law caused a flurry of criticism among human rights activists, who saw in it a violation of freedom of religion. “Even if we agree that some such restrictions may make sense for security, the ban is completely disproportionate and violates religious rights and freedom of expression,” said Gary Van Gulik, head of the European mission of Amnesty International.