22 October 2018

Egyptian MP calls to follow Algeria on niqab ban

The Egyptian MP, Ghada Agamy, member of the Foreign Relations Committee of the House of Representatives, praised the Algerian government’s decision to ban niqab in public buildings as “courageous” and argued that the move would be necessary for Egypt, citing national security. “Security troubles in Egypt are accelerating these bold decisions in light of attempts to target state institutions and increasing criminal and terrorist crime rates,” Agamy told reporters. Agamy argued that such a ban could not be considered a violation of personal freedom, as wearing the face veil was putting the liberties of others at risk. She added that all institutions, especially the government, had the absolute freedom to impose their own rules of work that employees had to abide by.

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