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Freedom of Religion

2018

14

Aug

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Girl denied internship in Belgium due to headscarf

Betul Baslik, a Turkish-origin social services and pedagogy graduate, has been denied an internship by a Belgian retirement home due to her headscarf. Born and raised in Belgium, Baslik told Anadolu Agency that she had recently been accepted to pursue her master’s degree at Vrije University Brussels, and she had been encouraged as a successful […]

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Country: Belgium
Source: Anadolu Agency

10

Aug

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Muslim teacher lost his job in Norway for refusing to shake hands with women

Ekeberg Primary School in Oslo has refused to prolong the contract of a Muslim fill-in teacher who refused to shake hands with his female colleagues for religious reasons, the daily newspaper Dagsavisen reported. “Our female teachers experienced that he rejected their hands,” former school Principal Bente Alfheim said. According to Alfheim, the man informed the school about his religious convictions before receiving his job. Alfheim said […]

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Country: Norway
Source: Sputnik , Timeturk

10

Aug

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Greece votes for compulsory retirement of Thrace muftis

The parliament on 2 August approved a legislation on the compulsory retirement of muftis appointed in the country’s Western Thrace cities of Komotini (Gumulcine) and Xanthi (Iskece). The bill proposed the compulsory retirement of 81-year-old Mufti of Komotini Mehmet Emin Sinikoglu and 78-year-old Cemali Meco, mufti of Xanthi, citing their advanced ages. The bill, which was prepared by […]

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Country: Greece
Source: World Bulletin

02

Aug

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Denmark’s ban on Islamic face veils comes into force

Denmark’s controversial ban on the Islamic full-face veil in public spaces came into force on Wednesday, as women protested the new measure which fines anyone wearing the garment, AFP reported. Denmark in June approved the ban on garments that cover the face, including Islamic veils such as the niqab or burqa, joining other European countries in doing so. Wearing […]

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Country: Denmark
Source: Israel National News , TRT Haber

01

Aug

A Yemeni female student sits final school exams at a secondary school, on June 10, 2014, in the capital Sanaa. Yemen suffered a total blackout after gunmen in the eastern province of Marib sabotaged key power lines, the electricity and energy ministry announced. The absence of reliable electricity supplies further complicates the lives of Yemenis, who already suffer water and food shortages.  AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS        (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Norway bans wearing of face veils at educational institutions from Aug. 1

From Aug. 1, Norway’s kindergarten employees will not be allowed to wear face-covering garments like niqab and burka, news agency NTB reported Monday. The new rule will not only apply to kindergartens, but throughout the course of education, from primary schools to universities. The prohibition applies to pupils, students and employees at educational institutions in […]

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Country: Norway
Source: XINHUANET

11

Jul

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Burkini woman ejected from Florence swimming baths

A burkini-clad woman was asked to leave a municipal swimming baths in Florence on Saturday, sources said Monday night. Leftwing Power to the People Councillor Miriam Amato called on sports pointman Andrea Vanucci to send a circular to all municipal baths telling them to let women in burkinis use their facilities. “What happened on Saturday […]

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Country: Italy
Source: ANSA

26

Jun

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Dutch senate passes law enabling partial ‘burqa ban’

The Dutch Upper House of parliament on June 26 passed a law banning the wearing of face-covering veils in public buildings, such as schools, government offices and hospitals. The Lower House approved the bill in 2016, after attempts to impose a more general ban on burqas and other face-covering veils failed. The new law bans […]

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Country: Netherlands
Source: Reuters , Sputnik Türkiye

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