Estonian Social Security Minister Margus Tsahkna made a proposal at the cabinet meeting on Thursday to introduce a ban on wearing a burka and other articles of clothing concealing the face in public, Postimees Online reports.
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The cabinet tasked the Justice Ministry with analysing the problems related to the integration of people with different cultural backgrounds. As one particular suggestion, Tsahkna proposed banning clothes covering one's face.

"The rules must be set before similar issues and problems start arising that have emerged in various European countries regarding the issue of cultural diversity. Regulation of these issues afterwards is very complex. What concerns wearing facial covering in public spaces, it is inherent in our society that people have to be identifiable," Tsahkna told Postimees.

He noted that when rules exist that retain safe environment, it is honest to the people of Estonia, as well as people arriving in Estonia who know the current regulations in advance. Wearing clothing hiding face in public places has to be regulated by law, he insisted.

According Tsahkna, there are no problems concerning this issue with the Muslim community living in Estonia now and yet no one is seen wearing facial cover.

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