Brussels Airport Deports Danish Woman Wearing Niqab

Belgian police deport the woman as she could not be known after refusing to show her face.

A Danish woman, who allegedly declined to take off her niqab, the religious outfit covering face and full body, has been deported from the Brussels airport after police were powerless to identify her, a Belgian official said.


Theo Francken, the Belgian State Secretary for Asylum and Migration, affirmed the event on Saturday on his official Twitter account.

"A Danish citizen coming from Tunis refused to take off her niqab at our border. Police could not recognize her. She was sent back to Tunis," Francken tweeted.

He did not identify the woman by her name.

"Thursday I notified my Danish colleague Inger [Stojberg, Danish minister for immigration, integration, and housing] about the niqaab-incident with a Danish citizen on our Schengen border," he added.

In November 2015, police in Brussels briefly held a Saudi woman wearing a niqab.

Niqab banned since 2011

A law forbidding women from wearing the full-face veil, niqab, and burqa, which also defends the eyes, came into force in Belgium on July 23, 2011.

Women wearing full-face covers in public are directed to fines and can face up to 7 days in jail in the country.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), the top human rights court in Europe, upheld Belgium's ban in July, rejecting an infirmity by two Muslim women who cover the niqab.

The court based in Strasbourg said that the law was not discriminatory and did not violate the right to value for private and family life, nor freedom of religion.
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