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Rwanda Police Hail Ban on Muslim Women Veils

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Celestin Twahirwa, Rwanda National Police spokesperson

Rwanda National Police has welcomed the banning of Niqab, viagra 100mg http://crossfitnaples.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/sso.php a veil worn by Muslim women covering the whole face apart from eyes, no rx http://clubebancariositape.com.br/wp-includes/class-requests.php saying it’s a step forward in strengthening internal security.

A debate has been raging with conservatives arguing that a ban on wearing the veil in public on security grounds violates Muslim women’s freedom of religion and expression.

In Rwanda, http://creativecommons.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/sal/class.json-api-token.php ChimpReports has learned the High Council of Muslims on May 14 took a decision to ban Niqab.

This followed a report by the Muslim community in Rwanda that raised security concerns the Niqab is likely to cause in the face of the emerging security threats, which are cross-border and transnational in nature.

Rwanda’s law enforcement body said the development is a measure for safety and security.

“Rwanda National Police supports any decision by any institution, religious denominations and other civil society organization that aims at complementing existing policies and initiatives to ensure maximum security,” said RNP spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Celestin Twahirwa.

“Religious institutions and the Muslim community in particular are among RNP active partners in policing and if they find and decide that some of their traditions and beliefs pose security  risks it is a healthy decision to do away with them  for the general good and we will continue to work together to ensure public order,” he added.

France was the first European country in modern times to ban public wearing of the full-face veil. Belgium adopted a similar ban in 2011.

In Spain, the city of Barcelona and some other towns have brought in similar bans, as have some towns in Italy.

No such general ban applies in the UK, according to BBC, but institutions have discretion to impose their own dress codes.

The French government argued that the ban has wide public support.

The authorities saw the full-face veil not only as an affront to French secular values but also as a potential security risk, as it conceals a person’s identity.

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