Belgium: headscarf ban for public servants,23599,22835031-23109,00.html

November 28, 2007

BELGIUM'S third largest city Ghent has banned its employees from wearing Muslim headscarves and other religious or political symbols.

All city personnel, such as librarians and child care workers, will not be allowed to wear such garments or symbols if they come into contact with the public, a city spokesman said.

Similar measures have been imposed in other European countries like France, where there are growing numbers of Muslim immigrants ...

The ban would not affect teachers and police officers.

Ghent follows Belgium's second city Antwerp, which banned its workers from wearing headscarves and religious wear earlier this year.

Antwerp has since said Muslim women in nurseries would be allowed to cover their heads with bandanas instead.