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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
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
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]


Legal News
7 Mar 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief Heiner Bielefeldt [official website] said Tuesday that states should refrain from using official state religions [press release] as a means to enhance their national identity politics, "as this may have detrimental effects for the situation of individuals from minority communities." … [read more]


Legal News
23 Sep 2011
by John Paul Putney

[JURIST] A French court in Meaux on Thursday fined two Muslim women for violating the controversial French law [materials, in French] that bans wearing full-face veils in public, including the Islamic burqa [JURIST news archive] and niqab [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Although more than 90 women have been cited … [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
2 Aug 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The Constitutional Affairs Committee [official website, in Italian], an Italian parliamentary commission, on Tuesday approved a draft law [text, PDF, in Italian; SB 2343 materials, in Italian] that bans women from wearing full-face veils, including the Islamic burqa [JURIST news archive] and niqab [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], in … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jul 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Council of Europe (COE) [official website] Human Rights Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg [official profile] on Wednesday condemned [press release] the flurry of burqa [JURIST news archive] and niqab [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] bans that have been implemented recently around the world. Hammarberg said the bans may not conform to … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jul 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Belgium's interim cabinet announced via the Belgian Official Journal [official website, in French and Dutch] Thursday that the nation will be officially banning the burqa [EurActiv report]. The Belgian House of Representatives [official website, in French] voted 136-0 to approve the law in April 2010 [JURIST report] and the … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jul 2011
by Aman Kakar

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] rejected two appeals [decision, in French; press release] from Swiss Muslims challenging Switzerland's ban on construction of minarets. The court ruled that the appeals were inadmissible because the complaints failed to meet the requirements of Article 35 Section 3 and … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jun 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] A French Muslim couple living in the UK filed a challenge Thursday in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] over a French ban [materials, in French] on full face coverings, while a Spanish court upheld a city ban on veils in municipal buildings for identification and … [read more]


Legal News
11 Apr 2011
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] The controversial French law [materials, in French] that bans the wearing of full Muslim veils, including burqas, nigabs and other facial coverings in public took effect [implementation circular, in French] on Monday. Pursuant to the law, people caught wearing facial coverings in public can be fined 150 euros (USD … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2011
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] The US Department of State (DOS) [official website] on Friday released the 2010 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices [materials]. The report outlined three prevailing trends that shaped human rights in 2010. These included the growth of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), the increase in access to the Internet and mobile … [read more]


Legal News
17 Mar 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] has agreed to review a lower court order requiring a Muslim woman to remove her niqab [BBC backgrounder] while testifying. The Court of Appeal for Ontario [official website] in October ruled [JURIST report] that a witness does not have to remove her … [read more]


Legal News
4 Mar 2011
by John Paul Putney

[JURIST] French Prime Minister Francois Fillon [official profile, in French; BBC profile] confirmed in the Official Journal [official website, in French] Thursday that the controversial law [materials, in French] banning the burqa [JURIST news archive] and other face coverings in public places takes force April 11. Violators wearing a face … [read more]


Legal News
29 Nov 2010
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] Swiss voters on Sunday approved [press release] by a 52.9 percent majority a "Deportation Initiative" [text, in French] that would amend the Swiss Constitution to allow the immediate deportation of foreigners who commit certain criminal offenses. The list of crimes range from serious offenses such as murder, rape and … [read more]


Legal News
14 Oct 2010
by Jay Carmella

[JURIST] The Court of Appeal for Ontario [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Wednesday that a witness does not have to remove her niqab [JURIST news archive] unless the failure to do so will prevent the accused from receiving a fair trial. The court stopped short [CBC report] of issuing a … [read more]


Legal News
7 Oct 2010
by Megan McKee

[JURIST] The French Constitutional Council [official website, in French] ruled [judgment, PDF; in French; press release, in French] Thursday that a bill [materials, in French] making it illegal to wear the Islamic burqa [JURIST news archive], niqab or other full face veils in public, conforms with the Constitution. Under the … [read more]

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