Quebec court partly suspends contentious face-veil ban

A Canadian Court has suspended part of the controversial law that banned face coverings in the province of Quebec. The Supreme Court of Quebec suspended section 10 of Bill 62 that barred individuals from covering their faces while receiving or giving public services such as riding a public transport or visiting a doctor. The legal challenge filed civil liberties argued that Bill 62 is violative of the constitutional rights of Muslim women who would be forced to remove their religious coverings in order to receive public services and that it “directly infringes on the freedom of religion of individuals”. The groups also said the law will encourage xenophobia, harassment and discrimination. The Quebec government plans to release directives in order to accommodate religious beliefs under Bill 62 by next summer.