October 20, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Australia's Parliament House 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 ...[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]
February 10, 2012
by Ben Klaber
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 ...[read more]
September 13, 2007
by Alexis Unkovic
Canadian chief electoral officer Marc Mayrand 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 when they vote in by-elections in the province of Quebec on Monday. ...[read more]
September 10, 2007
by Katerina Ossenova
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper 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, an independent body that oversees national elections, announced ...[read more]
September 7, 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina
Muslim women will be allowed to wear traditional Muslim niqabs or burqas and not be required to show their faces to vote in Quebec by-elections this month, an Elections Canada spokesperson announced Thursday. The official said that women would not have to show their faces if they were able to ...[read more]
June 11, 2007
by Michael Sung
Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court ruled Saturday against an American University of Cairo (AUC) ban on women wearing the Muslim niqab on campus, finding that the private university could not require a plaintiff student to unveil her face because it was her constitutional right under Egyptian ...[read more]

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