By Alina Breen, Al JazeeraEnglish.comOn Friday, the head of the Islamic Society of Argentina, who had led the organisation in the past, was fired after the state government passed a law that banned women from driving and prohibited them from participating in religious ceremonies, and that had been opposed by many Muslims.
“It was clear from the beginning that the new law would restrict the fundamental freedoms of the religious minorities,” Fauci said in a statement.
“The fact that the law is being enacted against the religious beliefs of our society is shameful.”
According to the government’s official website, the law was passed as part of a new government programme that aimed to combat radicalisation and the influence of foreign terrorist organisations.
The bill, which will now be reviewed by the Constitutional Court, allows authorities to revoke citizenship for those who engage in activities that would cause a breach of the law.
Fauci, a professor at the Catholic University of Argentina and a former member of the country’s Supreme Court, has been at the centre of a political storm over the past year over the anti-Islamic law.
The new law is the first of its kind in Argentina, where a ban on the Islamic veil is in place and women have no access to public places, and the government has been accused of violating human rights.
Argentina’s Supreme Judicial Court, the highest court in the country, rejected a challenge to the constitutionality of the bill, ruling that it was unconstitutional because it does not prohibit Muslims from driving.
It also ruled that it violates the right to life and the right of religious freedom.
Armed groups have been staging protests in recent weeks, demanding the repeal of the new laws, which they say are aimed at Islamising the country.
More:Faucia, who was appointed in October 2017, has called on the country to become a secular state, saying the new legislation will not affect the countrys cultural diversity and diversity of religions.
She has also said she believes that women should have the right not to wear the veil, and has said the new measure is aimed at eradicating radicalisation.
The Argentinian president, Mauricio Macri, has said he has asked the Supreme Court to overturn the ruling.
In December, the country saw its highest level of anti-government protests in years after a series of deadly attacks on police and a Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires, which were carried out by far-right extremists.
Arriving at the courthouse, Faucia said she would not accept the verdict and would appeal against it to the Supreme Judicial Council.
The Argentine government has previously said it will appeal the verdict in a court that will consider the case.