The trial is set to begin this week after a long-awaited appeal against a ban on wearing a Hijab by social rights groups in Canada.
According to Al Jazeera, the petition against Bill 21 in the Canadian province of Quebec was filed by the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and a Muslim woman, Achak Norrell Hawk.
The trial is set to begin on November 2 in Quebec Superior Court.
Bill 21, passed in June 2019, banned the wearing of religious symbols while employed in education, lawyers, police officers and other public sectors.
Under Bill 21, Muslim women are prohibited from wearing the hijab.
Petitioners argue that the law is discriminatory and creates the impression of ‘second-class citizenship’ in Canada.
NCCM CEO Mustafa Farooq said people have lost their jobs simply because of their clothes and their faith.
He said that people had to leave the province to change themselves, which is unacceptable and that is why they will never back down from the legal battle against Bill 21.
“Bill 21 always prevents me from taking the path I’ve always wanted,” said Noor Farhat, a Hijabi Muslim lawyer from Montreal.
Se said that the court case against Bill 21 will be the biggest case of her life.
Quebec’s Prime Minister Francois Legal, meanwhile, defended the legislation, saying it was a “moderate step” that did not violate freedom of religion and was supported by the “majority here”.
He also cited a study by Canadian Studies which found that only 37% of Cubans had a positive view of Muslims, while only 28% had a positive view of Islam.
In 2016, the European Union’s Supreme Court allowed European companies to bar their employees from wearing Islamic scarves.
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that European companies can ban their employees from wearing anything, including Islamic-style scarves, that reflect a particular religion or political ideology. Is propagated.