After hotels and Christian churches came under attack on Easter Sunday, the government of Sri Lanka is taking steps to prevent future incidents.
After more than 300 people were killed and a minimum of 450 more injured, the Sri Lankan government has declared a ban on “all sorts of face covers that hinders the identification of individuals in a way that threatens national security.”
It was only a week before the attack that Sri Lanka’s parliament had recommended banning burqas as a measure of national security.
Sri Lanka’s president, Maithripala Sirisena shared that the decision would “strengthen national security as well as to not inconvenience any demographic group so as to create a peaceful and harmonious society in Sri Lanka.”
Sri Lanka will join Denmark, Belgium, Austria, France, the Netherlands, and Bulgaria as nations that have banned the full face coverings.