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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
16 Sep 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Canadian court on Tuesday ruled that women may be allowed to wear face-covering veils during swearing the oath of citizenship. The case, heard by a Federal Court of Appeal [official website], was brought by Zunera Ishaq against the Canadian government after she arrived from Pakistan in 2008 and … [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
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
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]


Academic Commentary
24 Jan 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Beverley Baines of the Queen's University Faculty of Law says that the new framework forged by the Supreme Court of Canada in the recent niqab ban case, R. v. N.S., weakens the protections offered to niqab-wearing women...In their December 2012 decision in R. v. N.S. the Supreme … [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]


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
29 Oct 2011
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada Friday declared that the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) [official websites] does not have the power to award compensation for legal costs. The high court's 7-0 decision [judgment text] states that the language used in the relevant federal statute does not allow for the … [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
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
11 May 2011
by John Paul Putney

[JURIST] A Georgia state court judge on Monday reversed his earlier decision blocking a Muslim man from entering his courtroom on three separate occasions on account of the man's religious headwear. Troy "Tariq" Montgomery wears a tight-fitting cap called a kufi—a traditional Muslim symbol of humility. Henry County State Court … [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]


Professional Commentary
2 Mar 2011

Farzana Hassan [Author, Women's rights activist]: "Much of the Arab world is in turmoil. The Shia majority in the tiny island kingdom of Bahrain has suffered years of oppression by the ruling Sunni minority and is now demanding freedom. The citizens of newly liberated Egypt and Tunisia suffered economic hardship … [read more]

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