Yesterday the Italian Parliamentary Constitutional Affairs Commission approved a draft of a law that would ban women from covering their faces with veils, including a burqa or a naqib, in public. If the law is passed, women in violation could face fines of up to 300 euro.
Souad Sbai, a Member of the conservative Freedom People party, stated, "Five years ago, no one wore a burqa [in Italy]. Today, there is always more. We have to help women get out of this segregation...to get out of this submission. I want to speak for those who don't have a voice, who don't have the strength to yell and say, 'I am not doing well.'" She estimated that approximately 3,000 women cover their faces in public in Italy.
Currently France and Belgium, as well as Barcelona, have similar laws banning such facial coverings.
Media Resources: The Guardian 8/3/11; Huffington Post 8/3/11
3/6/2014 Senate Rejects Qualified Obama Nominee to Lead DOJ Civil Rights Division - The US Senate blocked President Obama's nominee to lead the Civil Rights Division within the Department of Justice.
Senators voted 47-52 yesterday in opposition to Debo Adegbile, a highly qualified attorney who worked in private practice at the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison before holding several leadership positions at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, including Director of Litigation, Acting President, Director-Counsel, and Special Counsel, and serving as senior counsel to the US Senate Judiciary Committee.
Adegbile is a voting rights expert. . . .