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.
If the law passes, covering one's face will be banned in government buildings, on public transport, at schools and in hospitals.
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.
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.
But let's ban burqas in public, obviously, says Pipes: Second, I can't help be struck by the internal inconsistency here
Wilders' tough stance on immigrants, particularly Muslims and more recently those from European Union member countries including