09 March 2010

Niqab-wearer blocked again from class


The Quebec government has intervened again in the case of a Muslim woman who refused to remove her niqab veil during a French-language class. 

Last week, Naïma Atef Amed filed a complaint with the province’s human rights commission after she was kicked out of a government-funded language class for new immigrants at the CÉGEP de Saint-Laurent in Montreal. The school had demanded that Amed take off her niqab veil, which covers her head and face and leaves only her eyes exposed, for part of the class. 
Premier Jean Charest defended the school's decision, saying that people who expect to receive public services must show their face

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