Tunisia has banned women from wearing niqab veil in ‘public institutions’. Under the new rules, which covers the entire face apart from the eyes, in government offices.
The order comes after three suicide bombings in the capital, Tunis, in the space of a week. One rights group urged the government to ensure the ban was temporary as the niqab is worn by some Muslim women as an interpretation of modest dress and as a symbol of religious faith.
Chahed signed a circular on Friday ‘banning access to public administrations and institutions to anyone with their face covered’, a spokesman said.
The ‘security reasons’ were not explained, but Tunisia has been rocked by a series of explosions in recent days.