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Hungary court repeals town’s decree banning mosques, hijab

BUDAPEST: Hungary's highest court on Wednesday repealed a far-right mayor's decree banning the construction of mosques and the wearing of clothes such as the niqab in his town. The decree in Asothalom, close to the Serbian border, was "unconstitutional" and "infringed fundamental rights", the constitutional court in Budapest said. The directive was introduced last November by Laszlo Toroczkai, a vice-president of the radical-right Jobbik party. He gained prominence in 2015 when he filmed an action movie-style video at…

Bulgaria bans the burqa in public places

SOFIA: Bulgaria's parliament has on Friday banned the wearing of face veils in public including niqabs and burqas in a move which drew criticism from the Amnesty International. The "burqa ban" law, pushed by the nationalist Patriotic Front coalition, echoes similar measures in western European countries such as France, the Netherlands and Belgium which have various laws banning the wearing of niqab full-face veils or head-to-toe burqas. People who do not comply with the ban in Bulgaria face fines of up to 1,500 levs ($860),…