Belgium Decides To Ban The Burkha In Public Belgium Bans Burkhas In Public: Vote Almost Unaminous To Outlaw Muslim Veils In Public | World News | Sky News <!-- SHARE -->Belgium is set to become the first ever country in Europe to ban the burkha being worn in public places. Anyone wearing a burkha in Belgium could soon be fined or face a jail sentence The vote in Parliamentfor a nationwide ban on Islamic clothes or veils that do not allow the wearer to be fully identified was almost unanimous. The full-face niqab and burkha worn by some Muslim women are not a mandatory requirements of Islam, but a personal choice. People found flouting the new law could be given a fine of 15-25 euros (£13-21) or even be faced with a week in jail. Vice president of the Muslim Executive of Belgium, Isabelle Praile, warned that the new law could be the start of a slippery slope. "Today it's the full-face veil, tomorrow the veil, the day after it will be Sikh turbans and then perhaps it will be mini-skirts." She went on to say that "the wearing of a full-face veil is part of the individual freedoms" protected by Belgian, European and international rights laws. Amnesty International also condemned the move saying: "A complete ban on the covering of the face would violate the rights to freedom of expression and religion of those women who wear the burkha or the niqab." In France, president Nicholas Sarkozy has recently introduced a similar bill to ban the burkha - despite being advised that such a move could be unconstitutional. The French law, which seems likely to get the go-ahead, will be decided on May 19. The Belgium bill now goes to the senate for a 15-day period of review where any final objections can be heard, before being passed into law.