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Legal News
17 Nov 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Canada's Minister of Justice and Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship issued a joint statement [text] on Monday announcing that the government will withdraw an appeal that sought to require removal of the niqab for citizenship ceremonies. A niqab is a veil worn by some Muslim women that covers … [read more]

Legal News
10 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Thailand on Thursday deported 109 Uighurs back to China despite international warnings that the refugees will experience severe treatment upon returning. Significant opposition to the decision [Bangkok Post report] erupted as pro-Uighur protesters attacked [BBC report] the Thai consulate in Istanbul, leading to security forces pepper spraying the crowd. … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jan 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Authorities in Urumqi, capital of the far-west Chinese province of Xinjiang, issued a new law Wednesday banning the wearing of burqas in public. Xinjiang, home [CNN report] to China's minority ethnically Turkic Muslim Uighurs, has been the site of significant ethnic unrest including recent attacks by Uighur separatists labeled … [read more]

Legal News
20 Oct 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Australia's Parliament House [official website] on Monday lifted a ban on face veils including burqas and niqabs. The short-lived ban was announced earlier this month, prohibiting persons with facial coverings from being in open public galleries. The ban was condemned for segregating Muslim women and potentially breaching anti-discrimination laws. … [read more]

Legal News
1 Jul 2014
by William Hibbitts

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights [official website] ruled [judgment; press release, PDF] Tuesday that France's face covering ban is permissible under European law. In SAS v. France [video, in French] the court ruled 15-2 that the ban [text, in French], which became effective in 2011, complies with all … [read more]

Legal News
8 Oct 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] Turkey lifted its ban on women wearing traditional Islamic headscarves in public institutions on Tuesday. The official lifting of the ban occurred just eight days after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [official website, in Turkish; JURIST news archive] announced the change, which is part of a package of … [read more]

Legal News
30 Sep 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [official website, in Turkish; JURIST news archive] announced [press release] on Monday that Turkey will end a ban on women wearing traditional Islamic headscarves in public institutions. The lifting of the ban is part of a package of human rights reforms [ABC News … [read more]

Legal News
23 Sep 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] Voters in Ticino [official website, in Italian], an Italian-speaking region of Switzerland, approved a referendum on Sunday to ban the wearing of full-face veils. Although the referendum does not explicitly target Muslims, it drew outrage [AFP report] from Muslim groups in Switzerland, who denounced the referendum as a blow … [read more]

Legal News
16 Sep 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] A judge in London ruled [materials] on Monday that a Muslim woman who is a defendant in an upcoming trial must remove her full-face veil when presenting evidence. A judge for the Blackfriars Crown Court [official website] held that the woman, whose name cannot be identified for legal reasons, … [read more]

Legal News
11 Sep 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] A member of Quebec's separatist Parti Quebecois (PQ) [party website, in French] is proposing a bill that would ban government workers from wearing religious clothing on their heads, including turbans, hijabs and kippas. Bernard Drainville [official profile], the minister who proposed the bill, which is known as the values … [read more]

Legal News
25 Apr 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A Toronto judge ruled Wednesday that a Muslim woman must remove her niqab [BBC backgrounder] while testifying in a sexual abuse case. The woman, known as NS, has been fighting for years to be allowed to wear her niqab while testifying and took her case to the Supreme Court … [read more]

Legal News
28 Feb 2013
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The Spanish Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] on Thursday struck down [judgement, PDF, in Spanish; press release, in Spanish] a city ban on wearing veils over the face in municipal buildings, finding that the law infringes on religious freedom. The city of Lleida, in Catalonia, was the first … [read more]

Legal News
21 Dec 2012
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] ruled [judgment] Thursday that trial court judges may determine on a case-by-case basis whether a Muslim woman should be required to remove her niqab [BBC backgrounder] while testifying in court. The split-decision upholds the ruling [JURIST report] of the Court of Appeal … [read more]

Legal News
28 Sep 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] The Swiss Parliament [official website, in french] voted 93-87 on Friday against a bill which would ban burqas [JURIST news archive] and other face coverings in public places. Proponents of the bill argued that banning burqas would promote gender equality and improve national security. Those against the bill argued … [read more]

Legal News
25 Apr 2012
by Jamie Reese

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Monday challenged European governments to do more to address discrimination against Muslims [report, PDF], especially in the areas of employment and education. The report states that many women are denied jobs or access to classrooms simply because they are wearing traditional forms of … [read more]

Academic Commentary
10 Feb 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Maurits Berger of Leiden University says the legal arguments in support of the burqa ban are feeble because their alleged rationale differs distinctively from the true aim: societal discomfort and the attempt to define national identity in European nations...The Dutch cabinet announced on January 27 that it … [read more]

Legal News
28 Jan 2012
by Jamie Davis

[JURIST] The Cabinet of the Netherlands announced on Friday that a ban on burqas [JURIST news archive] in the Netherlands will go forward later this year. The ban, proposed in September [JURIST report] and heavily supported by Geert Wilders' [personal website; JURIST news archive] anti-Islam Freedom Party, is aimed at … [read more]

Legal News
16 Sep 2011
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte [official profile] announced on Friday that the government will propose legislation to ban burqas [JURIST news archive] and other face coverings. The proposal is being submitted in cooperation with conservative politician Geert Wilders [official website, in Dutch; JURIST news archive] and the Party for … [read more]

Legal News
19 Aug 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The New South Wales (NSW) [official website] government is set to propose legislation next week that will require anyone wearing face coverings, including religious veils, to remove them if requested by police for identification purposes. Refusal could result in a $220 AUD fine with the worst potential penalties at … [read more]

Legal News
24 Jul 2011
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] Belgium implemented a law on Saturday banning women from wearing the Islamic burqa in public. The measure was initially passed by the Belgian Federal Parliament in April 2010 by a vote of 136-1. Under the new legislation, any woman who wears a burqa in public faces the possibility of … [read more]

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