Sri Lanka bans niqab face cover after easter sunday attacks

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Sri Lanka bans niqab face cover after easter sunday attacks
Sri Lanka bans niqab face cover after easter sunday attacks

The President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena announced a ban on face masks on Sunday 28 Apr 2019.

The ban comes after the country was struck by 8 bomb blasts that killed at least 200 people and wounded hundreds more on easter sunday 21 Apr 2019.

According to a google translate, the tweet translates as follows:

It is prohibited to use all kinds of face masks which will hinder the identity of the people in the country, who can be a threat to national and public security, tomorrow (29.04.2009) with immediate effect.

President Maithripala Sirisena message google translated
President Maithripala Sirisena message google translated

The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU), the top body of Islamic scholars in Sri Lanka, issued an official statement which was shared on twitter by Farhan Faris.

“We appeal to all, to cooperate with the security forces and law enforcement agencies.” was written on the official statement.

“Hence, we advice that in the prevailing situation our sisters should not hinder the security forces in their efforts to maintain national security by wearing the face cover (Niqab).

“No indication that recent Sri Lanka bombers covered their faces but Pres Sirisena bans face covering.” tweeted Kenneth Roth, who is the executive director of Human Rights Watch. “That needless restriction means that Muslim women whose practice leads them to cover up now won’t be able to leave home.”

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