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Afghanistan’s Taliban government on Saturday ordered women to cover every part of their bodies in public except their eyes, according to multiple reportsin the latest sign the regime has no plan to follow through with vows to soften restrictions on women.

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The order reinstates a policy the Taliban imposed on the country when they last ruled it from 1996-2001, which drew international condemnation.

Saturday’s decree came from the Taliban’s infamous Ministry of Vice and Virtue, the moral arm of the hard-line Islamic government that’s enforced numerous oppressive policies toward women in the past.

Shir Mohammad, a ministry official, said in a statement the rule applies to all women the Taliban considers “not too old or young,” according to the Associated Press, and named a head-to-toe burqa as the government’s preferred form of women’s Attire.