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SCC’s niqab ruling played it too safe

By Jacob Stilman . The Supreme Court of Canada has waded into treacherous waters where the rights of accused persons to make full answer and defence to a criminal charge conflict with their accusers’ rights of freedom of religion. An accused’s right to make full answer and defence is a core legal guarantee under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, subsumed under s. 7 and 11(d) of the Charter. On the other hand, the right to freedom of religion is also an express guarantee of individual rights pursuant to s. 2(a) of the Charter.

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