Montreal woman asked to remove hijab in court appeals judge’s refusal to clarify rules

Rania El-Alloul wants judge to issue declaration saying hijabs OK in courtrooms

By Steve Rukavina
CBC News | November 23, 2016

The Montreal woman ordered by a Quebec Court judge to remove her hijab before her case could be heard is appealing a higher court ruling in the case.

Rania-El-Alloul’s lawyers argue Superior Court Justice Wilbrod Décarie made errors in law in a ruling last month when he refused to issue a declaratory judgment.

El-Allou wants the Quebec Court of Appeal to affirm the right of people appearing in courtrooms to wear hijabs or other religious attire.

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In court documents filed with the Quebec Court of Appeal earlier this month, El-Alloul’s lawyers argued Décarie should have gone further.

“It isn’t enough that I have been vindicated,” El-Alloul said in a statement to be released Wednesday by the National Council of Canadian Muslims, which is advising her in the case.

“It’s so important that the successful resolution of my case ensures no one is ever humiliated the way I was and deprived of their rights.”

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