July 1, 2014
by William Hibbitts
The European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday that France's face covering ban is permissible under European law. In SAS v. France the court ruled 15-2 that the ban, which became effective in 2011, complies with all articles of the Convention of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and, as a ...[read more]
September 16, 2013
by Max Slater
A judge in London ruled 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 held that the woman, whose name cannot be identified for legal reasons, may wear her niqab, a garment that ...[read more]
April 25, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
A Toronto judge ruled Wednesday that a Muslim woman must remove her niqab 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 of Canada, which ruled in December that ...[read more]
January 24, 2013
by Michael Kalis
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 ...[read more]
December 21, 2012
by Jerry Votava
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Thursday that trial court judges may determine on a case-by-case basis whether a Muslim woman should be required to remove her niqab while testifying in court. The split-decision upholds the ruling of the Court of Appeal for Ontario. The Supreme Court sought to ...[read more]
October 7, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On October 7, 2010, the French Constitutional Council ruled that a bill making it illegal to wear the Islamic burqa, niqab or other full face veils in public conforms with the French Constitution. Under the legislation, women who wear the veil can be required by police to show their face, and, if ...[read more]
September 23, 2011
by John Paul Putney
A French court in Meaux on Thursday fined two Muslim women for violating the controversial French law that bans wearing full-face veils in public, including the Islamic burqa and niqab. Although more than 90 women have been cited by police, the fines are the first time a French court has enforced... ...[read more]
August 2, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
The Constitutional Affairs Committee, an Italian parliamentary commission, on Tuesday approved a draft law that bans women from wearing full-face veils, including the Islamic burqa and niqab, in public. Women who violate the ban would face fines of 100 to 300 euros. The ban would also punish ...[read more]
July 20, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
Council of Europe (COE) Human Rights Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg on Wednesday condemned the flurry of burqa and niqab bans that have been implemented recently around the world. Hammarberg said the bans may not conform to European human rights standards such as the right to respect for personal ...[read more]
March 20, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On March 20, 2007, the UK Department of Education and Skills issued school uniform guidelines that allowed schools to ban students from wearing Muslim veils if teachers believe that the garments are adversely affecting the learning environment. The directive was issued following an earlier ...[read more]

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