Lawmakers in Belgium on Thursday approved a ban on the wearing of burqas and other Islamic garb that covers a woman's face but the bill must still be approved by the upper house of parliament before it becomes law.
If the Senate approves it, Belgium would become the first country in Europe to ban the burqa.
The vote in the Chamber of Deputies was 136 in favor, none opposed and two abstentions, according to Dominiq van Dendossche, a press officer for the Belgian parliament.
Senate passage seems likely since the Chamber of Deputies approved it.
Human rights group Amnesty International immediately condemned the vote.
Members of parliament have said they're motivated both by security and morality in pushing for the ban.