The German parliament has supported a bill-law which is banning women working in the civil service, judiciary and military from wearing full-face Islamic veils during the working hours.
Islamic full face veil is banned for government employees, as part of the legislation, which will be applicable after the final approval of the Bundesrat state parliament.
Thomas de Maiziere, the German interior minister, defended the draft law as debate continues over the arrival of more than a million asylum seekers in the country.
“Integration also means that we should make clear and impart our values and where the boundaries of our tolerance towards other cultures lie,” he said.
“The draft law we have agreed on makes an important contribution to that.”
Joachim Herrmann, Bavaria’s interior minister, said the the islamic way of covering face by the veil is against the “communication culture” he said, and claimed that the act would disturb the neutrality of German government as well.
“A culture of open communication with one another is part of the free and democratic understanding of Christian values,” he added.
“Communication happens not only via language but also via looks, facial expressions and gestures.
“It forms the foundation for our interactions with each other and is the basis of our free and democratic order.”