المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

ISIS orders cover-up for Syrian women

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The ISIS has imposed a strict dress code for women in eastern Syria, forbidding them from showing any part of their bodies, a monitoring group said on Thursday.

“Women… Are completely forbidden from showing their eyes,” said the statement which was released by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, now known as the Islamic State.

About the statement, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that it was distributed in ISIS-controlled areas of Deir Ezzor province in the east.

Women are also forbidden from wearing “open abayas (traditional black gowns) that reveal colourful clothes worn underneath”, it said.

Abayas, it added, “must not be decorated with beads, sequins or anything else” and women “must not wear high heels”.

“Anyone who violates this will be penalised,” it added, without elaborating on the punishment.

Last month, ISIS declared the establishment of an Islamic “caliphate” straddling Syria and Iraq.

In parts of Deir Ezzor city that are under jihadist control, the group also distributed a statement forbidding the sale and public use of nargileh (water pipe) tobacco and cigarettes, the Observatory said.

“In its effort to implement Islamic law and to fight evil things, it is completely forbidden to sell cigarettes and nargileh anywhere,” it said, citing the jihadists who also forbade “smoking in public”.

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