fredagen den 30:e december 2011

Niqab och burka förbjuds vid kanadensiska medborgarskapsceremonier


För att bli kanadensisk medborgare kvävs inte bara kunskaper i något av de officiella språken och om landets historia. Varje ny medborgare ska också svära en medborgarskapsed: 

I swear (or affirm) that I will be faithful
and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty
Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada,
Her Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully
observe the laws of Canada
and fulfil my duties as a Canadian citizen.
 

För att säkerställa att blivande medborgare verkligen uttalar eden har Kanadas konservativa regering nyligen förbjudit burka och niqab vid medborgarskapsceremonier. Winnipeg Free Press har skrivit en intressant artikel om förbudet. 

There was mixed reaction from Canadian Muslim groups to news Monday that prospective Canadians can no longer wear veils, like the Islamic niqab or the face-shielding burka, while taking the oath of citizenship.

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced that new Canadians will have to remove any face-coverings while they swear the oath.

The response from two prominent Muslim groups couldn't have been more different: some heartily applauded the move and others denounced it as causing unnecessary trepidation in the community.

Kenney said it's not just a question of "deep principle" for someone to show their face while taking the oath in front of their fellow citizens, it's also a matter of legal concern.

"I don't know how we can verify that someone whose face is covered is actually taking the oath that the law requires of them," he told a news conference in Montreal.

"This is a public act of witness in front of your fellow citizens, in front of the law — and you should be willing to show who you are."

Apropå medborgarskap och Kanada verkar det som att över 2100 personer blir av med sitt kanadensiska medborgarskap eftersom de begått bedrägeri i samband med ansökan.

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