Arguments for the reinstatement of a ban on face coverings at citizenship ceremonies by lawyers for the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration are underway at the Federal Court of Appeal in Ottawa.

The government wants the court to reverse a decision by Federal Court Judge Keith Boswell that its policy on face coverings during the oath-taking is unlawful.

The case started with a lawsuit from Zunera Ishaq, a devout Muslim who moved to Ontario from Pakistan in 2008 to join her husband. Ishaq agreed to remove her niqab for an official before writing and passing her citizenship test two years ago, but she objects to unveiling in public at the oath-taking ceremony.

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