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Austria

2019

16

May

Austria approves headscarf ban in primary schools

Austrian MPs on Wednesday approved a law aimed at banning the headscarf in primary schools, a measure proposed by the ruling right-wing government. The text refers to any “ideologically or religiously influenced clothing which is associated with the covering of the head”. Representatives of both parts of the governing coalition, the centre-right People’s Party (OeVP) […]

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Country: Austria
Source: The Guardian , TRT Haber

13

May

Austrian state plans ‘Ten Commandments’ for asylum seekers

Asylum seekers in Lower Austria are to be issued with “Ten Commandments of Immigration” by regional authorities. Included in the edicts is a requirement for migrants to show gratitude to Austria. Authorities in Lower Austria are set to issue a new code of conduct for asylum seekers to follow, according to a report on Monday. […]

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Country: Austria
Source: DW , Info Migrants

02

May

Austria’s Strache backs far-right ‘population replacement’ claim

The leader of Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPO) has reiterated a racially-charged claim that Austrians were at risk of becoming a minority in their own country. Heinz-Christian Strache, FPO leader and Austrian vice chancellor, told journalists on Wednesday that “population replacement” in Austria was “a reality that cannot be denied”. He was responding to criticism of […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Aljazeera

23

Apr

Austria’s governing FPÖ party publishes anti-migrant poem comparing migrants with rats

The far-right FPÖ party in Austria has come under fire for a poem by one of their local officials that compared migrants with rats. Kurz and opposition leaders strongly condemned the racist poem. Meanwhile, the author apparently resigned. An anti-migrant poem published by a local branch of the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ), the junior party of Chancellor […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Info Migrant

21

Mar

Austria government MPs exposed as members of ‘blood libel’ Facebook group

Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) stands accused of stoking hatred online after two of its MPs were found to be members of a closed Facebook group in which antisemitic and pro-Nazi content was shared. FPÖ MPs Edith Mühlberghuber and Peter Gerstner were part of the “German Reich” Facebook group, which has 4,000 members and is […]

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Country: Austria
Source: AA , The JC

05

Mar

Austria: Ban on Turkish nationalist salute in practice

The law banning Turkey’s nationalist “Grey Wolves” salute in Austria came into force on Friday. In December 2018, the Austrian parliament accepted the law banning symbols of “extremist organizations” in the country to block terror propaganda. People violating the law in public areas may be fined up to €4,000 ($4,553) or given a-month prison term […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Euro News , AA

26

Feb

Austria proposes preventative detention for asylum-seekers

Austria’s right-wing government announced plans on Monday to hold asylum seekers in so-called preventative “security detention” if they are found to pose a potential threat to the public. The constitutional amendment would enable Austrian authorities to detain asylum-seekers without first securing a court order. In order to hold someone in preventative detention, authorities would need to […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Sputnik , DW

20

Feb

Austrian MPs vote down bill that would have granted passports to the descendants of Nazi victims

Austria’s governing parties on Thursday voted down two bills brought by the opposition in parliament that would have granted citizenship to the children and grandchildren of the Nazis’ victims. At present, only former Austrian citizens who were forced to leave before the end of the Second World War because of Nazi persecution or for supporting […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Şalom , The JC

23

Jan

Austrian politics sees significant rise in Islamophobia

A study by an NGO revealed that in 2018 senior politicians in Austria participated in 20 campaigns against Muslims. SOS Mitmensch in a news conference on Tuesday shared with journalists its study on Islamophobic and anti-Muslim campaigns in 2018 in Austrian politics. It said that ruling Freedom Party Chairman and Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, the […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Haberler , Muslim News

18

Jan

Austria tilting law against Syrian asylum-seekers

The Austrian government is seemingly determined to make it easier to expel Syrian asylum-seekers. Interior Minister Herbert Kickl said Thursday that he believes a readmission agreement with the Syrian regime will be very effective. Speaking to Kronen daily, Kickl claimed an increase in the crime rate due to foreigners has been seen in the past year and […]

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Country: Austria
Source: NTV , AA