Event of the week - Bulgaria

Bulgarian nationalists propose burqa ban in Sofia [9 May 2016]

Bulgarian nationalists propose burqa ban in Sofia A Bulgarian nationalist political group in Sofia municipal council has tabled a proposal to ban the wearing of the burqa in the capital city.

The move by the Patriots for Sofia, which is linked to the Patriotic Front (PF), part of the national government coalition agreement, is part of a campaign by the PF to ban the burqa in every municipality in Bulgaria and to have burqa ban legislation approved by the National Assembly.

The municipalities of Pazardzhik and Stara Zagora have in recent weeks approved burqa bans, in both cases with the votes of parties in the national governing coalition, GERB and the Reformist Bloc.