The Austrian Parliament decided on a ban on headscarves for elementary school children. With the new law, for the on Wednesday evening, the deputies of the government coalition of the conservative ÖVP and the right-wing populist FPÖ voted in, will says “the Wearing of ideological or religious apparel, the veiling of the head is connected,” in the future.

The government has made it clear that the law is directed only against the Islamic headscarf – and not against the Jewish Kippa and the Patka of a Sikh.

Opposition sharply criticized the law

The education policy spokesman of the FPÖ, Wendelin Mölzer said, with the headscarf ban, a Signal should be set against the political Islam. The Austrian people’s party Deputy, Rudolf Taschner said, it is going to free Muslim girls from a “submission”. The Opposition agreed to almost a prohibition against the headscarf and accused the government of it, only to headlines and not to the child’s well-being.

The government had been given prior to the decision of Parliament that it expects complaints before the constitutional court. The law has no constitutional rank, because it was not adopted by a two-thirds majority. Austria’s Islam Association IGGÖ has criticized the headscarf ban in focus.

km / AFP

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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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