Sri Lanka introduced a ban on public face disguise after a series of terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday. Let me remind you that at least 250 people were killed by the explosions.
According to the ban and in compliance with the state of emergency, it is prohibited to wear any clothing that prevents identification of a person to ensure national security.
Human rights organizations report that this discriminates against Muslim women who consider these clothes a religious obligation. However, in many European countries as well as in the United States, a person in Muslim clothes causes discomfort to the people around, and the Muslims themselves can be blamed for that. The latest terrorist attacks in Europe were as well committed by representatives of the "most peaceful" religion. Therefore, Western civilized society prohibits wearing of clothing that prevents identification of a person at legislative level.
Europe bans Muslim clothing
France was the first European country to ban the wearing of the burqa in public places. The law was initiated by President Nicolas Sarkozy and came into force on 11 April 2011. The ban was upheld by the European Court of Human Rights in July 2014.
Denmark introduced a ban on face disguise in public places in 2018, which led to mass protests. According to the law, violators are punished by a fine of 1000 kroons (around 150 dollars), repeated violation increases the fine 10 times.
The Senate of The Netherlands passed the law in June 2018 prohibiting face disguise in public buildings, such as schools and hospitals, as well as in public transport. The ban however does not apply to public streets.
In Germany it is prohibited to cover the face while driving. The Lower House of Parliament has also approved a partial ban for judges, civil servants and soldiers. The police may require women to uncover their face in order to be identified.
Austria in 2017 introduced a ban on wearing Muslim clothing covering the face in public places (such as courts, schools etc.).
In Belgium, on 28 April 2011, the country's Parliament voted to ban the wearing of traditional Muslim women's clothing – burqa and niqab. Violators face a fine of up to 137 euros, repeat offenders – a week in prison.
Residents of the Canton of Ticino were the first in Switzerland to vote to ban the wearing of burqa and niqab in public places. In a democratic referendum the people of a small European country expressed their opinion on the imposition of an alien culture based on hatred of freedom, human rights and personality on them. The ban came into force in 2016.
In June 2018, Norway passed a law prohibiting wearing clothes covering the face in schools.
In 2016, the Parliament of Bulgaria approved a bill that imposes a fine and reduces benefits for women who cover their faces in public places. This is a reasonable policy: pay your own money to wear religious clothing and preferably, do it in spiritual places of your culture.
Some limitations are in act in Luxembourg, for example, restricting the wearing of traditional Muslim clothing in public places: courts, public institutions, hospitals.
In Italy, some regions have introduced bans on face disguise. For example, the province of Novara with its mayor Alexander Canelli, who is a rightist politician urging for traditional European values.
Africa bans Muslim clothing
Representatives of Islam are attacking the African continent as well. In 2015, suicide bombers in Muslim headwear committed a series of terrorist attacks. As a result, some African countries have banned clothing covering the face. In particular: Chad, Cameroon, Gabon, Niger and the Republic of the Congo.
In Algeria, public officials are prohibited from wearing traditional Muslim clothing that partially or fully covers the face at work.
China bans Muslim clothing
In the Chinese Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous region, 40% of population of which are Muslim (Uygurs), wearing of burqa is prohibited. China pursues a policy of repression against the Uighurs for the sake of preserving its own cultural heritage. Representatives of this ethnic minority are compulsorily sent to "re-education camps", which is a gross violation of human rights and freedoms. According to some reports, there are up to 2 million people in such camps.