AMSTERDAM Nov 29 The Dutch Parliament's lower
house voted on Tuesday to ban the wearing of face-covering
clothes - such as burqas and niqabs - in some public places,
making the Netherlands the latest European country to restrict
garments worn by some Muslim women.
The legislation, which still needs to be passed by the
senate, bans the veils in settings where identifying the wearer
is considered essential, such as in government buildings, on
public transport, at schools and in hospitals.
Few women in the Netherlands wear such clothes, but the
issue has been high on the agenda for years, with an outright
ban one of the main demands of the anti-Islam opposition Freedom
Party, which is leading in polls ahead of elections in March.
(Reporting by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Louise Ireland)