The Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia endorses Lleida’s veto to the burqa

Lleida was the first Spanish town to propose a ban of the burqa, and now the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia has supported the veto. The Superior Court argues that the integral veil can “disturb the peace” of other citizens because it allows people to “hide their face” and this does not match the values of “Western culture” and “Spanish society” of equality between women and men. The Muslim association Watani, the one who presented the appeal to the Superior Court for infringement of fundamental rights in the first place, has already announced it will also appeal the ruling of the Superior Court. This ruling gives some reassurance and becomes a reference to other local councils to regulate these matters. So far, 13 municipalities have done so.