The Spanish Parliament has rejected a motion to ban the burqa and niqab in public places. The motion was presented by the right-wing party (Partido Popular), with the support of CIU (Convergencia i Unió), a Catalan, right-wing, nationalist party.
The banning of the burqa and niqab in Lleida (Catalonia) has led to similar initiatives in other Catalonian towns. In El Vendrell and in Reus (both in the province of Tarragona), the Catalonian nationalist party Convergència I Unió (CIU) has called for the banning of the burqa and the niqab, following the steps taken by Lleida.
In Tarragona, which the Socialist Party governs, the Popular Party has said that it will also promote a similar initiative.
In Tárrega and Cervera (both in the province of Lleida), similar initiatives have arisen.
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.
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.