Amnesty International slams PQ plan
Muslim women demonstrate against the proposed Quebec charter of values while a tour bus passes by at the legislature in Quebec City, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013. (Jacques Boissinot / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Saturday, September 21, 2013 12:20PM EDT
MONTREAL - Amnesty International is wading into the debate over Quebec's proposed charter of values.
The human rights organization says the Parti Quebecois plan would limit two fundamental rights: freedom of expression and freedom of religion.
According to the group, that means the charter would violate Canadian and international law.
The PQ plan announced earlier this month would prohibit public employees from wearing obvious religious symbols, including the hijab.
Amnesty International took issue with one of the stated goals of the charter -- that it would promote equality between the sexes.
The group says the proposed law isn't the best way to ensure women's rights, and would only force some women to quit their jobs.