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Christian organisations in Belgium have had mixed reactions to a criminal code amendment making the country Europe's second to ban the Islamic veil.
A football club in Belgium's top division has declined the offer of a sponsorship deal from a leading Catholic newspaper, for fear of "attracting ridicule".
Amnesty International has condemned an overwhelming vote by the lower house of the Belgian parliament last week in favour of a ban on wearing of full-face veils in public.
Amnesty International has urged the Belgian Parliament not to pass a draft law which would prohibit the wearing of the full face veil anywhere in public.