Niqab or burqa strictly banned in workplaces in Algeria

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Niqab or burqa has been strictly banned in workplaces in Algeria, a move the first of its kind introduced by Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia.


Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia sent, on October, 8th, 2018, an instruction to Ministers, banning the wearing of full-body veil, known as the burqa or niqab in workplaces.

The official stressed that employees must identify their identities in the workplaces nationwide to avoid security-related threats.

Earlier, the Minister of National Education, Nouria Benghebrit, introduced a regulation on the  functioning of educational institutions, prohibiting the wearing of Burqa in schools for security purposes as well as short skirts and heels.

“Students must wear clean and decent clothes, and they are required to wear aprons that meet the required specifications,” stressed Benghebrit.

“Wearing Burqa or Niqab is strictly forbidden for all educational employees and students themselves,” highlighted the Minister.

“The employee must demonstrate exemplary behavior and appearance in a decent manner, in terms of grooming that suits the professional framework of the educator and prevents any clothing that prevents identification of the employee,” said the Minister.







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