Magazine article Islamic Horizons

Canadian Court Affirms Muslim Religious Expression

Magazine article Islamic Horizons

Canadian Court Affirms Muslim Religious Expression

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QUEBEC'S COURT OF APPEAL UNANimously ruled on Oct. 3, 2018, that Judge Eliana Marengo had violated Montreal resident Rania El-Alloul's fundamental rights by scolding her for wearing a hijab in her court.

The court decided that citizens who wear religious attire must not be denied access to justice. According to the three-judge appeal panel: "No party challenges that the courtrooms of the Court of Quebec - and for that matter all courtrooms in Quebec as throughout Canada - are spaces of religious neutrality"

The court added that the freedom of religious expression doesn't stop at the courtroom door, noting that Marengo's decision both failed to take into account El-Alloul's constitutional rights and ignored the Supreme Court of Canada's guidelines on religious clothing in the courtroom. …

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