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Switzerland

2017

19

Oct

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Amnesty International criticizes Switzerland for hosting Myanmar army officials

The Swiss branch of Amnesty International has criticised a visit to Switzerland by a high-ranking delegation of Myanmar army officials to discuss federalism. The visit comes as thousands more Rohingya Muslims continue to flee violence in western Myanmar and cross into Bangladesh. “The visit [to Switzerland] is unacceptable in our eyes, as for over a […]

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Country: Switzerland
Source: SWI

16

Oct

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Swiss police shoot dead knife-attack asylum seeker

Swiss police have shot and killed an asylum seeker from Sri Lanka near a refugee center in the Swiss canton of Ticino after he threatened fellow refugees with two knives. Police was alerted to a brawl involving several asylum seekers in the town of Brissago on Saturday afternoon. Upon intervening, officers escorted two asylum seekers into the […]

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Country: Switzerland
Source: RT

29

Sep

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Swiss Parliament Votes to Ban Financing of Mosques From Abroad

The Swiss National Council, the parliament’s lower house, voted with a narrow majority against financing of mosques from abroad and for expanding general transparency of the mosques’ financial backing. According to the Federal Assembly’s website, 94 members of the parliament voted in favor of the decision, with 89 voting against it. The vote took place on Tuesday. The new legislation, proposed by the right-wing Lega dei Ticinesi party, bans […]

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Country: Switzerland
Source: Sputnik

18

Sep

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Switzerland to vote on burqa ban

Switzerland could become the latest country to ban facial coverings worn by some Muslim women after activists collected more than the 100,000 signatures required to put the proposal to a national vote. The group, called ‘Yes to a Mask Ban,’ said it will deliver the petition to federal offices in Bern on Friday, setting up […]

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Country: Switzerland
Source: SKY NEWS

18

Jul

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Switzerland puzzles over citizenship test after lifelong resident fails

Should foreign residents have to know how to recycle waste oil before they can apply for citizenship? Are people who shop at local corner shops more deserving citizens than those who frequent supermarkets? And what kind of sport is “hornussing”? These are just some of the questions Switzerland is puzzling over after a 25-year-old failed […]

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Country: Switzerland
Source: Guardian

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Jun

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Man fined by Swiss court for ‘liking’ defamatory comments on Facebook

A Swiss court has fined a man for “liking” defamatory comments on Facebook, in what is believed to be the first case of its kind. According to a statement from the Zurich district court, the 45-year-old defendant accused an animal rights activist, Erwin Kessler, of racism and antisemitism and hit the “like” button under several […]

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Country: Switzerland
Source: The Guardian

12

Apr

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Police Detain 86-Year-Old Spray-Painter at Swiss Bank

A Swiss pacifist group says an 86-year old woman was briefly detained Tuesday after she spray-painted “Money for Weapons Kills” in German on a wall at Switzerland’s national bank, as part of a campaign to strip state financing for arms vendors. Youniss Mussa, political secretary of “The Group for an Army-free Switzerland,” said Louise Schneider […]

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Country: Switzerland
Source: New York Times

20

Mar

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Swiss police cancel commemoration event for 102nd anniversary of Battle Of Gallipoli

Swiss police on last Friday cancelled an event celebrating the 102nd anniversary of the naval victory of the Ottomans against the mighty Allied forces and commemorating thousands who lost their lives during the Gallipoli Campaign, saying it could disrupt public order. The event named after the well-known slogan “Gallipoli is Impassable” was scheduled for Saturday […]

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Country: Switzerland
Source: Bizim Gazete , Daily Sabah

16

Jan

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Tibet Activists Arrested in Switzerland Protest During Xi Visit

Swiss police have arrested 32 pro-Tibet activists who were protesting against a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping. The group, made up of Tibetans and Swiss nationals, were detained on Sunday for flouting restrictions set up by police in the capital, Bern. One man was also prevented from setting himself on fire, said police. Mr […]

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Country: Switzerland
Source: BBC

10

Jan

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Switzerland and ECHR Force Muslim Girls To Swim With Boys

Switzerland has won a case at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) obliging Muslim parents to send their children to mixed swimming lessons. It said authorities were justified in giving precedence to enforcing “the full school curriculum” and the children’s “successful integration” into society. The ECHR acknowledged that religious freedom was being interfered with. […]

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Country: Switzerland
Source: BBC