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Learn more about Niqāb
Several Western countries including France, Spain and Canada have proposed laws which would ban Muslim women from wearing a Niqab in public spaces. A niqab is a cloth that covers the face and is worn by some Muslim women in public areas. In 2015 the Canadian Supreme Court overturned a Ottawa’s request to ban niqab’s when women were taking citizenship oaths. Proponents argue that the ban infringes on individual rights and prevents people from expressing their religious beliefs. Opponents argue that face-coverings prevent the clear identification of a person, which is both a security risk, and a social hindrance within a society which relies on facial recognition and expression in communication. See recent Niqāb news
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All face coverings are a problem, including men in masks. 2 years ago from a Green in Toronto
Jealousy is one of the deadly sins its a sign of insecurity. This rule is really a hidden law to suppress and control women. It's time to wake up ladies wake up. Take it off live in freedom don't mask yourselves any longer. 2 years ago from a New Democratic in Kitchener
Oppressing women is wrong, these facemasks are a sign of male ownership of a woman. 2 years ago from a Liberal in Ajax
Women should be made to take off their Niqab only when the room is full of females. 3 years ago from a Liberal in Calgary
Depends on whether or not its a religious ceremony. 3 years ago from a Libertarian in Toronto
I feel that they may do so for an appropriate civic ceremony, not all ceremonies as it is important to appreciate others' comforts. 3 years ago from a Liberal in Richmond Hill
No absolutely not, religion has no place in the civic ceremonies of our country. 3 years ago from a Liberal in Halifax
So long as they were screened beforehand (to ensure the right person is taking the test). 3 years ago from a Liberal in London
Yes, but should be taken to a separate room with another woman to be able to show face. 3 years ago from a New Democratic in Sidney
The civic ceremony should be conducted by a woman, so she can remove the garb and not go against her personal beliefs. 3 years ago from a Liberal in Niagara-on-the-lake
Yes once their identity has been assured. 3 years ago from a New Democratic in Hamilton
In Saudi Arabia, one of the most restrictive and backward countries (concerning women), Saudi women must show their faces on Passports and all women when they go to Mecca, their faces must be uncovered. 3 years ago from a Conservative in Surrey
I disagree with the niqab - its a mans dominance over women. 3 years ago from a Libertarian in London
Yes, but they should be required to remove it temporarily where necessary for purposes of identification. 3 years ago from a New Democratic in Winnipeg
I think this is a smoke and mirror issue. We should not need to deal with a piece of fabric, but rather with an underlying root principle which should present provable surety that no undermining treason is intended or crime will result from this veiling.... 3 years ago from a Conservative in Strathmore
These garments are not a religious requirement. If they choose to wear them, and need to be identified, they should accept that there will not always be a female to serve them. They may have to wait, or come back another time. 3 years ago from a New Democratic in Mississauga