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Uncovering French and Belgian Face Covering Bans

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This paper analyses the French and Belgian bans on face covering by taking a close look at the aims they are intended to serve in the eyes of the legislators in the two countries. These stated aims are the basis for a critical assessment of the bans from a human rights perspective. The authors conclude that the reasons proffered for the prohibition can legitimize at most a limited set of contextual bans, not the broad nationwide bans that are in place.

Affiliations: 1: Faculty of Law, Ghent University Universiteitstraat 4, 9000, Ghent, Belgium, a) Human Rights Centre Email: ; 2: b) Institute for Constitutional Law Email: ; 3: c) Human Rights Centre Email:


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