The U.N. Human Rights Committee was not convinced the ban is necessary or proportionate.
One far-right Dutch politician said the next step is to "close all the mosques in the Netherlands."
The Islamic veils, which cover all or most of the face, will be prohibited in public spaces starting in August.
Denmark's justice minister claimed veils like the niqab are "disrespectful."
If the law passes, covering one's face will be banned in government buildings, on public transport, at schools and in hospitals.
Personal style broadcasts only that a person has flair and says nothing about the character of a person. But religious attire
"The way to integration beyond the burqa lies through education and emancipation, and sweeping bans inhibit that process," one politician says.
Anyone who pushes for a ban on burqas must, as a responsible politician, also consider the possible consequences. We're not merely dealing with a piece of clothing; we're dealing with the unity of our entire society.
As the globe becomes more cosmopolitan, it becomes even more important to get our balance right. And a correct balance is what underpins liberal secularism.
Human rights advocates place great faith in international treaties and the courts designed to enforce them, but the right wing of the political spectrum tends to be less enthusiastic about these institutions.
Race and ethnicity are important but largely unacknowledged aspects of the immigration debates in France. The term "immigrant" has become a shorthand reference to ethnic minorities who are harshly criticized for failing to embrace French values and traditions.
Legislating against and criminalizing the burqa is not, as many critics argue, going to achieve gender parity in Western societies. Rather, banning the burqa is going to bully Muslim women into abandoning their cultural traditions, religious obligations, and political expressions.
The European Court of Human Rights is considering a case brought by an unnamed Muslim woman who says the French mandate that she remove her veil in public is an infringement on her religious, free speech, and privacy rights.
The question of what exactly constitutes religious abuse is also of great importance when it comes to the physical punishment
We are honestly just as normal or as crazy as the rest of the women of the world. We laugh. We cry. We make mistakes. We are women who earn for their families and we are women who are home-makers, or we are both.
Second, I can't help be struck by the internal inconsistency here. Someone who knows and cares about Daniel Pipes should
By banning the niqab and burqa we are not really helping anyone. A truly repressed woman has far bigger problems than what she wears on her face.
Many opposition parties, including Labor, Democrats 66 and GreenLeft, had already opposed the proposed face veil and dual