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Quebec judge temporarily blocks face-covering law

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Quebec judge temporarily blocks face-covering law A judge in Quebec temporarily suspended a new religious neutrality law that bans face coverings for government workers and anyone receiving public services in the Canadian province.

On Friday, Superior Court Judge Babak Barin granted a stay of the law, which some have called a burqa ban but does not specifically mention the niqab or burqa.

The judge said Section 10, which the legislative assembly passed in October, cannot be put in force until the government adopts guidelines dictating how the restrictions on face coverings would take place.

Previously, the government has said it won't implement those rules until next summer.

"In the interim, noble as the ideology of state religious neutrality may be, the government must ensure that the law it is adopting for the public good is coherent and complete," Barin wrote. "To paraphrase the words of the Supreme Court [of Canada], public interest includes both the concerns of society at large and the particular interests of identifiable groups."

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