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The leading human rights organization Amnesty International on Friday reiterated its condemnation of an attempt to ban Islamic face veils in Belgium, after the parliament in Brussels approved a draft law on the matter for the second time in one year.

Amnesty had first argued that the ban would be disproportionate almost exactly one year ago, when the Chamber of Deputies - Belgium's lower house of parliament - first backed the proposal.

But that version was then thwarted when parliament was dissolved due to a government crisis fueled by a row between the country's French and Dutch-speaking politicians.


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