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2018

08

Feb

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French businessman pays Austrian niqab fines

A French businessman paid 10 fines imposed on women wearing a full-face veil (niqab) in Austria under a law banning it from Oct. 1 2017. Algerian-origin Rashid Nekkaz showed the 10 fine bills to journalists in front of the Prime Ministry building on Monday. After the bills were paid, the businessman said that he would like […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Daily Sabah

19

Jan

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The only country in Europe where a far-right political party has come to power, Austria establishes a “border protection unit”

Austria’s new far-right interior minister was quoted as saying on Jan. 18 that he has ordered the creation of a “border protection unit” in case of a major new influx of migrants, like the one in 2015. “A repeat of 2015 cannot be allowed to happen. Therefore I have given instructions for the creation of […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Hurriyet Daily News

05

Jan

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Austria suggests migrants put in barracks under curfew

Austria’s vice-chancellor and far-right leader Heinz-Christian Strache proposed on Thursday that asylum seekers should be kept in barracks, and their movements should be restricted with a curfew. “Order is needed, as long as there is an open asylum procedure,” he told public TV ORF.The OVP, the party of chancellor Sebastian Kurz, has not commented on the […]

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Country: Austria
Source: EUobserver

2017

26

Dec

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Austria: Education minister to ban hijab for school teachers

Recent remarks by Austria’s newly appointed Education Minister Heinz Fassmann against the headscarf have raised concerns for Muslims living in the country. Fassmann’s interview published in local Kurier newspaper on Friday quoted him saying “teachers should not wear a headscarf.” When asked about his opinion on the headscarf ban, Fassmann said: “Yes, I have a […]

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Country: Austria
Source: The Muslim News

22

Dec

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Asylum seekers will have to hand over cash and phones, Austria’s new coalition says

Asylum seekers in Austria will have to hand over their mobile phones and money as part of an asylum application, Austria’s new conservative and far-Right coalition announced. Under the plan unveiled after the two parties were sworn in yesterday, Austria will seek to stop illegal immigration and ensure that people whose asylum claims are rejected […]

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Country: Austria
Source: The Telegraph

25

Oct

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Austria’s far-right Freedom party invited to enter coalition talks

Austria’s conservative leader has invited the far-right Freedom Party for talks to form the country’s next coalition government, opening the door for the controversial party to return to power after more than a decade in opposition. Sebastian Kurz, whose Austrian People’s party (ÖVP) came top in elections on 15 October, said his party and the […]

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Country: Austria
Source: The Guardian

16

Oct

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Austrian Tories open the door to the fascists

The elections in Austria have shown a sharp move to the right. They are a further warning of the danger of the far right exploiting the bitterness in society. The leading position, the chancellor, is set to be taken by Sebastian Kurz, of the right wing Conservative People’s Party (OVP). Preliminary results show the OVP with around […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Socialist Worker

10

Oct

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Austrian police fine man over face-veil stunt

Austrian police on Monday fined a French businessman under a controversial face-covering ban. Algerian-origin Rashid Nekkaz became the first person to be fined under the law, which came into force on Oct. 1 despite objections from Muslim groups. Nekkaz covered his face with banknotes and photos of the country’s foreign minister, Sebastian Kurz. Protesting against […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Anadolu Agency

02

Oct

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Austria’s burqa ban comes into force

Austria enforced a law banning full-face Muslim veils such as the burqa or niqab in public spaces on Sunday. The law also restricts the use of medical face masks, clown makeup and party masks in public. The Austrian government has said the law, which mandates that faces be visible from the hairline to the chin, […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Scroll.in

22

Sep

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Austria’s burqa ban to come into effect on Oct. 1

A controversial Austrian ban on the public wearing of veils which cover the face will come into effect on Oct. 1, the country’s interior ministry confirmed on Thursday. The new law will apply to all public places, including transport facilities, and police will have the power to demand the removal of concealing veils. Those who […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Anadolu Agency