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Union opposes burqa ban

Unio, an association of 12 education and research unions, refuses to support a government proposal to forbid the use of face-covering garments in Norway’s schools.

Responding to a government consultation that closed on 20 September, the association said a ban on the burqa could break the principle of equal rights to education.

The association said it did not desire burqas to be worn in educational institutions because they “reduce dialogue, communication and social interaction. However, it did not think a national ban was necessary because it deemed individual educational institutions’ rules on whether to ban it sufficient.

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