Canada court lets women wear veil for citizenship oath

Canada's Federal Court of Appeals upheld a lower court's ruling that the niqab, which covers all of the wearer's face except the eyes, can be worn at citizenship ceremoniesNew Canadian citizens can wear face veils at their citizenship ceremonies, a Canadian court ruled Tuesday, overturning a ban the ruling party had trumpeted as a policy accomplishment on the eve of elections. The Federal Court of Appeals also threw out a policy that had required new citizens to have their faces uncovered as they recite the citizenship oath. Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper had called that earlier decision, issued in February in the case of Toronto-area resident Zunera Ishaq, “unacceptable” and had appealed to defend his law.

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