Italy asks Muslim groups to join ‘values charter’

Italy’s interior ministry has published a “values charter” for religious minorities that promotes integration while shunning polygamy and the wearing of face-concealing veils. Regarding the veil, it says that while “no restrictions on clothing exist in Italy … (veils that) cover the face are not acceptable because they prevent the recognition of the person and are an obstacle for establishing relationships with others.”

AFP, 24 April 2007