The Minister explained the idea of a ban in Kazakhstan face-covering clothing

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Subtemperate fotobanka in the Central square of Astana. Archival photoThe Minister explained the idea of a ban in Kazakhstan face-covering clothing© RIA Novosti / Sergey Subtemperate the image Bank

The legislative norm prohibiting in Kazakhstan face-covering clothing is proposed for reasons of security of citizens, said Friday the Minister of religious Affairs and civil society of the Republic of Nurlan Yermekbayev.

«The project proposes a ban on the wearing in public places clothing that conceals the face. We are going to ban the wearing of clothing that does not identify a person. In the preparation of these standards was studied the opinion of citizens, representatives of NGOs, government agencies, experts. Great attention has been paid to international experience. As a result, the experts came to the conclusion that the safety of citizens requires the introduction of such measures,» said Yermekbayev in a briefing for diplomats to explain the amendments on religious activities.

According to him, this measure is «in fact not directly concern religious issues, it’s really a matter of public safety.» «The wearing of the garment, such as the niqab, burka, Balaclava, burqa, or mask, hamper law enforcement agencies in identification, and thereby reduced the effectiveness of measures to ensure public safety. In addition, it is not typical for our society, and frankly it bothers many,» said Yermekbayev.

The Minister explained that «this rule is introduced in the law on prevention of offenses and not to the law on religious activities and religious associations». «Such provisions already exist in legislation in other countries, e.g. in Belgium, France and several other States. They help to safeguard the peace of the citizens, and our bill proposes to introduce this experience in Kazakhstan», — he said.

The draft law was earlier available on the official website of the Ministry of religious Affairs and civil society, as well as the portal of «Electronic government». The document envisages a ban on the wearing of garments of destructive ideological movements, distribution and advertising of their creed in the media, it should strengthen the responsibility for illegal involvement of minors in religious activities.

The document also proposes rules that will allow you to adjust the receiving religious education abroad, the participation of civil servants in religious activities, and impose a ban on wearing garments that prevent facial recognition in public places, and marriage in a religious ceremony.

It is expected that the bill will go to Parliament before the end of the year.