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Freedom of Religion

2018

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

26

Feb

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Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulchre church closes in tax protest

The heads of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, considered the holiest site in Christianity, have shuttered its doors to protest against a new tax and a piece of Israeli legislation that will allow the government to confiscate church land. In the rare step not seen for close to three decades, church leaders accused Israel of a […]

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Country: Israel
Source: The Guardian

23

Feb

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German parliament to discuss banning the burqa

The AfD submitted a proposal calling for a nationwide ban on full-face veils in public, arguing that the full-face and body coverings harm gender equality and that a ban would help the “individual freedom” of Muslim women. Many parliamentarians from other parties criticized the AfD for appearing to champion the cause of women’s rights and […]

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Country: Germany
Source: Deutsche Welle

19

Feb

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Iceland’s move to ban male circumcision denounced by religious groups

Jewish, Catholic and Muslim groups in Iceland have criticised planned laws to outlaw the circumcision of young boys. An Icelandic political party has proposed legislation to ban the practice unless it is required for health reasons. The Progressive Party’s bill before Iceland’s parliament – which has yet to be voted on – says circumcision of young boys […]

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Country: Iceland
Source: SBS News

13

Feb

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Poland to vote on law limiting kosher slaughter prompting Jewish backlash

Poland’s government has proposed a new law that would limit kosher slaughter, in a move that has provoked a global outcry from the Jewish community. The animal welfare bill will seek to impose significant limits on the technique and would enforce “restrictions on exporting kosher meat from Poland, which would affect a very large part of the Jewish communities in Europe”, […]

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Country: Poland
Source: The Independent

08

Feb

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Denmark to become latest European nation to ban the burqa

The Danish Ministry of Justice has put out a press release indicating that the government is looking to place a ban on full-face Islamic veils and levy a fine on violators. The Ministry of Justice wrote, “In Denmark, we will meet each other properly – face to face,” and added that in order to properly […]

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Country: Denmark
Source: BREITBART

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

06

Feb

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Legal fight is launched to stop Belgium’s ban on kosher animal slaughter, seen as ‘the greatest assault on Jewish religious rights since Nazi occupation’

The Belgian Jewish community has filed a lawsuit against legislation banning the production of kosher meat from 2019. They argue that banning the sale of such meat, which requires animals to be killed without being stunned first, violates their right to freedom of religion. The European Jewish Congress previously described the law as ‘the greatest […]

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Country: Belgium
Source: Daily Mail