Norway is currently mulling a ban on full face Islamic head-wear within its education system.
Speaking earlier today, the Norwegian Minister of Education and Research, Torbjorn Roe Isaksen, said: “The Ministry is currently preparing a draft national legislation prohibiting the full veil that covers the entire face in schools, universities and colleges,” Mosaique FM reported. The move was supported by both the right-wing government and the opposition Labor Party.
Roe Isaksen said the ban would not apply to Islamic headscarves, (the hijab) which leave the face uncovered, but would only apply to the Niqab and the Burka, which cover the face. “I want a young Christian girl who wears a cross to be able to show it,” the Telegraph quoted Isaksen as saying, “I want a Jewish boy who wears a kippa to be able to show it. And I do not want a ban on the hijab.”
This decision follows that of the Bulgarian Parliament, who adopted a ban on wearing the full veil in public on September 30th. In recent weeks, Switzerland’s lower house also approved a draft bill banning the full face veil. In August, Germany’s interior minister announced he was in favor of a partial ban. France and Belgium also decided to enforce this law in recent years, with France also adopting a controversial ban on the Islamic full-body swimsuit in its coastal towns.
In Britain, a poll published last month showed the majority of the public is in favor of the face veil ban.
In 2011, conflict over the wearing of the full face veil erupted at Manouba University. Dean Habib Kazdaghli decided to enforce a ban on full veils in the university leading to violent confrontations with some of the university’s salafist students. A wave of protest on behalf of the salafist students followed, shutting down classrooms, locking the dean within his office and tearing the Tunisian flag down.