Maimona, M. (2019, June 24). Quebec’s Ban on Religious Clothing is Chilling: To Be Like Us, You Must Dress Like Us. Human Rights Watch. https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/06/24/quebecs-ban-religious-clothing-chilling-be-us-you-must-dress-us
The rights of Canadians are under attack as the Quebec government introduced a bill that bans public employees from wearing conspicuous religious symbols and prevents people from covering their face when receiving government services. The bill does not explicitly define what religious symbols constitute, how the ban will be enforced, and what the penalties are. The purpose of the ban is to promote secularism; however, it targets certain faith groups. A loophole is used to allow Quebec to override constitutional rights. The bill is being challenged by individuals and organizations. The author notes that the banning of religious symbols such as the hijab and niqab is an example of religious persecution and that these policies have lasting consequences.
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