The debate about wearing burqa and niqab reaches the Spanish Senate

The debate about banning the burqa and the niqab in public spaces will continue at the
national level after weeks of public debate in some municipalities (like Huesca and
Reus).
Partido Popular’s (PP, the main opposition party) proposal for an open debate on the
banning of the burqa and the niqab was supported by the Catalonian nationalist party
Convergencia I Unió. Thus, the banning of the burqa and the niqab will be discussed in
the Senate.
The rest of the parties consider this move to be a political strategy focused on the
upcoming elections.

Lleida the first Spanish city that has banned the niqab in public buildings

Lleida’s town Council has approved today, with an absolute majority, a motion submitted by the Catalonian nationalist party “Convergència i Unió” (CIU) that ban of full-covering Islamic veils such as the burqa and the niqab in public buildings. The new rule includes all the public buildings as health buildings and also the sportive and cultural use.

Lleida’s town council will discuss whether wearing the ‘burqa’ in public must be forbidden

Next Friday (28 May) Lleida’s (Catalonia) town Council will discuss a motion submitted by the Catalonian nationalist party “Convergència i Unió” (CIU) on the banning of full-covering Islamic veils such as the burqa and the niqab in public.
Lleida’s Mayor Àngel Ros (Socialist Party) was the first to propose such a ban, because, according to him, the burqa and the niqab violate women rights. Now, he is prepared to support the motion submitted by CIU.
The socialist Minister of Labour and Immigration, Celestino Corbacho, has already said that he supports such a ban in the civil service. He also said that full-covering garments go against equality between men and women.
Barcelona’s Town Council also voted on a motion presented by the Popular Party to ban the burqa in public. The motion was not approved. Instead, the Council has asked its law department for a report on whether the ban is legal or not.