The Spanish ombudswoman, charged with defending citizens' rights, on Thursday defended Muslim women's right to wear the all-body veil, or burqa, if they want to do so.

Maria Luisa Cava de Llano said she was not against the burqa as long as it did not signal 'submission to the man and degrade the female condition.'

However, she said it was 'a different matter' if the burqa was banned for reasons of public order.

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