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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