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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
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]


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]


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
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
19 Jul 2010
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] Syrian Minister of Education [official website, in Arabic] Ghiath Barakat issued a directive [Syria News report, in Arabic] Sunday forbidding students and teachers at universities from wearing the niqab [JURIST news archive]. The ban applies to both public and private universities, but only affects full-face veils [AP report] and … [read more]


Legal News
8 Mar 2010
by Steve Dotterer

[JURIST] The top rights official at the Council of Europe [official website] on Monday rejected [press release] the notion of banning Muslim burqa [JURIST news archive] and niqab garments. Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg [official profile] noted in a written statement [text] marking International Women's Day [official website]: Those … [read more]


Legal News
26 Aug 2009
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] The Michigan Supreme Court [official website] has permitted lower courts to use "reasonable control" over the appearance of those who arrive in court, effectively allowing judges to ban certain religious clothing. In an order [text, PDF] issued Tuesday, the court amended the Michigan Rules of Evidence [text, PDF], motivated … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2009
by Ingrid Burke

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that a female Muslim police officer is not entitled to wear a religious headscarf [JURIST news archive] while on duty. Officer Kimberlie Webb of the Philadelphia Police Department was appealing the ruling [opinion, PDF] … [read more]


Legal News
17 Dec 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] A Muslim woman in the US state of Georgia was arrested Tuesday and ordered to serve 10 days in jail for contempt of court after she refused to remove her headscarf [JURIST news archive], or hijab, upon entering a security checkpoint in an Atlanta courtroom. Douglasville Municipal Court [official … [read more]


Legal News
14 May 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] The Danish government said Wednesday that it would propose new legislation to ban sitting judges from wearing religious dress [JURIST news archive], including Islamic headscarves, in court. Also Wednesday, Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen [official website] criticized Immigration Minister Birthe Roenn Hornbech for writing a newspaper editorial [text, … [read more]


Legal News
13 May 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] A federal judge Monday dismissed a federal lawsuit [JURIST report] filed by a Muslim woman against a judge who asked her to remove her niqab [JURIST news archive] in court. Ginnnah Muhammad had alleged that Illinois small claims Judge Paul Paruk [31st District Court website] said he had to … [read more]


Legal News
13 Sep 2007
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] Canadian chief electoral officer Marc Mayrand [official profile] Thursday resisted calls by Canadian lawmakers to invoke his discretionary powers, reserved for exceptional circumstances, to require women to remove traditional Muslim niqabs or burqas [JURIST news archives] when they vote in by-elections in the province of Quebec on Monday. Mayrand … [read more]


Legal News
10 Sep 2007
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper [official profile] Sunday voiced his disapproval of an administrative decision allowing Muslim women to wear veils and burqas while voting in upcoming by-elections in the province of Quebec. Elections Canada [official website], an independent body that oversees national elections, announced Thursday that Muslim women … [read more]


Legal News
7 Sep 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] Muslim women will be allowed to wear traditional Muslim niqabs or burqas [JURIST news archives] and not be required to show their faces to vote in Quebec by-elections this month, an Elections Canada [official website] spokesperson announced Thursday. The official said that women would not have to show their … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jun 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court ruled Saturday against an American University of Cairo (AUC) [official website] ban on women wearing the Muslim niqab [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] on campus, finding that the private university could not require a plaintiff student to unveil her face because it was her constitutional … [read more]


Legal News
29 Mar 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] A Muslim woman filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against a judge who asked her to remove her niqab [Wikipedia backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in court, claiming the request violated her First Amendment [text] right to practice her religion. In the lawsuit, Ginnnah Muhammad alleges that state small claims Judge … [read more]


Professional Commentary
21 Mar 2007

Iram Janjua [Legal Consultant, Forum Against Islamophobia & Racism (FAIR)]: "The number of practising Muslims in Britain and Europe is increasing with some women preparing to manifest a more stricter affirmation of their religious identity by choosing to wear the niqab (face veil) as opposed to the more common hijab … [read more]

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