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Freedom of Religion

2018

14

Jun

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Austrian rightist calls for prohibition of fasting in schools

The Secretary General of the Austrian People’s Party, Karl Nehammer, called for a ban on fasting for school-age children. He said that he had received “innumerable” reports from teachers about the welfare of children during Ramadan. “If religious rituals, regardless of religion, endanger the health of children, this is clearly going too far,” Nehammer said. “If religion […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Gatestone Institute , TRT Haber

08

Jun

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Austria to close 7 mosques, expel imams

Austria will shut seven mosques and expel 40 imams, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced on Friday. During a news conference with Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache and EU Affairs Minister Gernot Blumel, Kurz said the move came as part of a crackdown on “political Islam”. Kurz said that the investigation on several mosques and associations conducted by […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Anadolu Agency

04

Jun

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France to forbid religious dress in schools

According to parts of an order issued by the French Education Ministry’s director general published Wednesday, students will not be allowed to attend schools with clothing that includes religious symbols including kippot and long skirts. According to a report in Le Figaro, the directive is a guide to students on issues dealing with the interface between […]

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Country: France
Source: Arutz Sheva

31

May

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Denmark passes law banning burqa and niqab

Denmark has joined several European countries in banning garments that cover the face, including Islamic veils such as the niqab or burqa, in a move condemned by human rights campaigners as “neither necessary nor proportionate”. In a 75-30 vote with 74 absentees on Thursday, Danish lawmakers approved the law presented by Denmark’s centre-right governing coalition. The […]

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Country: Denmark
Source: The Guardian

25

May

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Muslim inmates in Alaska fed pork during Ramadan: activists

A federal judge granted a restraining order Thursday forcing prison guards in Alaska to stop giving Muslim inmates pork as they break their fasts during Ramadan, rights campaigners said. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) filed a lawsuit on Tuesday claiming Anchorage Correctional Complex had violated constitutional prohibitions against “cruel and unusual punishment.” CAIR said […]

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Country: United States
Source: AFP

21

May

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Danish integration minister calls Ramadan ‘dangerous’, ‘unsustainable’

Despite the fact that Ramadan is only observed by practicing Muslims, it can also impact the rest of Danish society, Immigration and Integration Minister Inger Støjberg of the Liberal Party wrote in an opinion piece published by the BT daily, urging Muslims to take a vacation on Ramadan in order not to endanger the lives of fellow Danes. According to Støjberg, who is known for her hardline stance in immigration […]

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Country: Denmark
Source: Sputnik , Sputnik News

18

May

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French court sentences woman to jail for refusing to remove niqab

A French court has sentenced a woman to six-month in Jail for refusing a police officer’s order to remove her niqab, a garment of clothing that covers the face. The sentence, that sparked outrage in the French Muslim community, followed the woman’s dramatic arrest in the southern city of Toulouse last month after she was stopped […]

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Country: France
Source: Alwaght , TRT Haber

20

Apr

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Muslim woman who refused handshake denied French citizenship

France’s highest administrative court has upheld a decision to deny a French passport to an Algerian Muslim who refused to shake hands with officials during her citizenship ceremony, according to a ruling seen by AFP Thursday. The woman argued that her “religious beliefs” prevented her from shaking hands with a senior official presiding over the […]

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Country: France
Source: SBS News

17

Apr

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Parents are banned from naming their baby son JIHAD by French court

A court in France has told a couple they cannot name their baby Jihad as that would have an adverse effect on the boy’s life. The case first came to court last summer when authorities in the Toulouse suburb of Leguevin were immediately alerted after the child was given the name. Now a court in the south-western […]

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Country: France
Source: Daily Mail

27

Mar

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Norway plans burka ban in schools and universities

The Norwegian government has proposed a nationwide ban on the wearing of the niqab and the burka in universities, schools, and nurseries. France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Bulgaria and the German state of Bavaria have all restricted the wearing of full-face veils in public places. If Norway passes the law it would become the first Nordic […]

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Country: Norway
Source: The Times