» 12/29/2017, 09.28
Tehran, no more arrests for violations of 'Islamic dress code'
Police in the capital announce educational courses instead of prison. The rigid dress code in force since Revolution, and remains valid outside the capital.
02/02/2018 09:22:00 IRAN
29 Iranian women arrested for protesting obligatory veil
Women forced to cover heads since 1979. The protest movement at its peak since December. Iranian activist: they are saying 'enough'. There is still discontent in the country, which erupted last month in violent protests against the regime.
Islamic veil and fundamentalism are back in Bishkek
In a country that is 80 per cent Muslim, strict adherence to Islamic rules is making a comeback with women forced to wear hijab. However, in the workplace, many employers have banned the veil and this has created a controversy. Experts wonder how it will affect Kyrgyz society.
Two thirds of Iran's MPs ask for "total respect" of Islamic dress
The 195 members of the 290-strong parliament have written to the president, denouncing Western cultural influence against the veil. But in October, Rouhani asked police to be moderate when enforcing the hijab requirements and recently said, "We cannot take people to heaven by using whips."
12/02/2018 09:41:00 IRAN
Rouhani proposes 'a year of unity' and opens to referendum
In celebrating the 39th anniversary of the Khomeinist revolution, the president exalts the unity of the country and the constitution. The revolution was victorious when the people were united. Conservatives must allow everyone to run for election. All Iranians of all religions are revolutionaries.
12/07/2017 13:26:00 TAJIKISTAN
Rahmon says no to veil and beard, calls for respect for Tajik tradition
Tajik president says that the veil and black dresses are not in line with the country’s culture, and the beard is not a sign of religiosity. Tajiks should "love God with their hearts" and not seek to show their "righteousness" through external attributes.
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