Amnesty International warns Quebec values charter would violate ‘fundamental rights’

Quebec Societal Regression

National Post | News

MONTREAL — Amnesty International is wading into the debate over Quebec’s controversial charter of values, arguing that the plan would limit “fundamental rights” and further stigmatize vulnerable women.

The Canadian branch of the human-rights organization says the Parti Quebecois proposal would violate Canadian and international law for infringing on freedom of expression and religion.

The PQ plan announced earlier this month would prohibit public employees from wearing obvious religious symbols, including the hijab.

Amnesty took particular issue with one of the stated goals of the proposed charter — that it would promote equality between the sexes.

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“For people, and particularly for women, who might be coerced into wearing a religious symbol, prohibiting them from wearing it will not solve the problem,” the group said in a statement.

“The people who had coerced them will still go unpunished, while the people who have been coerced will be punished in…

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