Listhaug says no to national nikab ban

Listhaug. reception centresMinister of Immigration and Integration Sylvi Listhaug (Progress Party).Photo regjeringen.no

The government and Immigration and Integration minister Sylvi Listhaug do not want to impose a national ban on garments that cover students’ faces, such as the nikab.

Listhaug writes that the nikab and burqa is a very small problem in schools and other public institutions, in response to a written question from Labour’s Jan Bøhler, says the newspaper VG.

– To the extent that such practices pose challenges,  the individual municipality or the individual public authority can find local solutions, and in some cases impose bans .

“For example, Oslo municipality introduced a ban on clothing that completely or partially covers the pupils’ faces”, writes Listhaug .

The Progress party has for several years advocated banning veiling garments in schools, and Bohler says it is remarkable that the government denies that a national ban is a current policy concern.

– This question has also appeared at State colleges, and it is a matter of principle and about putting your foot down against the most extreme fundamentalists.

Our  national community should take joint responsibility here , set boundaries and build attitudes, and not push the responsibility over to the local level, said Bohler.

 

Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today

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