July 21, 2010

Syria bans students from wearing face veil

by Sara Levy

Syria has banned university students in the country from wearing the Islamic face veil while on campus.

Ghiyath Barakat, Syria’s minister for higher education, said the ban is designed to protect Syria’s identity as a secular country.

The ban, announced on the All4Syria website, is said to be in response to pressure from students and parents.

Students at public and private universities can no longer wear the niqab, but they will be allowed to wear the hijab head covering.

The ban follows a decision by France’s lower house of parliament to approve a ban on women wearing the niqab in public.

Belgium has also passed a law banning clothing the covers a person’s identity in public places.

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