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Switzerland

2018

05

Nov

Begging ban upheld by Switzerland’s highest court

Around 250 people in Lausanne have demonstrated against the begging ban in canton Vaud, western Switzerland, which came into force on Thursday. Beggars now face being fined CHF50-100 ($50-100). “Begging is not a crime”, was the slogan of the rally. Ada Marra, a parliamentarian for the leftwing Social Democratic Party, regretted in a speech that the […]

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Country: Switzerland
Source: Swissinfo

24

Sep

Swiss region overwhelmingly supports ‘burqa ban’ in public places

A second Swiss canton will introduce a regional “burqa ban”, after voters in St. Gallen overwhelmingly voted Sunday to prohibit all face-covering garments in public spaces. Nearly 67 percent of voters in the northeastern Swiss canton voted in favor of the new law, according to official results, paving the way for it to follow the […]

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Country: Switzerland
Source: The Local , Sputnik

27

Aug

Muslim couple denied Swiss citizenship over no handshake

A Muslim couple have been denied Swiss citizenship after they refused to shake hands with people of the opposite sex during their interview, officials say. They confirmed the decision on Friday, further citing the couple’s failure to integrate and respect gender equality. The couple, interviewed months ago, also struggled to answer questions by members of […]

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Country: Switzerland
Source: BBC

02

Jul

Switzerland refuses to take more asylum seekers from Italy, Greece

Switzerland has rejected a refugee relocation program proposed by the European Union to relieve the burden on frontier countries like Italy and Greece, local media reported on Sunday. The Sonntags Blick paper reported that a spokesperson from the Swiss State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) has confirmed that the country will not renew its commitment to […]

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Country: Switzerland
Source: Ekathimerini

26

Apr

Switzerland allowed sarin gas component export to Syria

In 2014 a Swiss firm exported to Syria a chemical substance which can be used to produce deadly sarin gas, Swiss media reported on Wednesday. According to public Swiss Radio and Television RTS, a Swiss firm exported five metric tons of the chemical isopropanol to Syria in 2014. In May 2014, the Organization for the […]

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Country: Switzerland
Source: Anadolu Agency , Habertürk

18

Jan

Swiss authorities criticized for ignoring PKK victims

A Turkish nongovernmental organization criticized Swiss authorities in Geneva on Wednesday for not allowing it the use of billboards to draw attention to the PKK terror group’s victims in Turkey. In a statement, the Turkish Community in Switzerland, which is also known as Association Turque en Suisse (ATS), pointed out that Swiss authorities had failed […]

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Country: Switzerland
Source: Anadolu Agency

2017

19

Oct

Amnesty International criticizes Switzerland for hosting Myanmar army officials

The Swiss branch of Amnesty International has criticised a visit to Switzerland by a high-ranking delegation of Myanmar army officials to discuss federalism. The visit comes as thousands more Rohingya Muslims continue to flee violence in western Myanmar and cross into Bangladesh. “The visit [to Switzerland] is unacceptable in our eyes, as for over a […]

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Country: Switzerland
Source: SWI

16

Oct

Swiss police shoot dead knife-attack asylum seeker

Swiss police have shot and killed an asylum seeker from Sri Lanka near a refugee center in the Swiss canton of Ticino after he threatened fellow refugees with two knives. Police was alerted to a brawl involving several asylum seekers in the town of Brissago on Saturday afternoon. Upon intervening, officers escorted two asylum seekers into the […]

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Country: Switzerland
Source: RT

29

Sep

Swiss Parliament Votes to Ban Financing of Mosques From Abroad

The Swiss National Council, the parliament’s lower house, voted with a narrow majority against financing of mosques from abroad and for expanding general transparency of the mosques’ financial backing. According to the Federal Assembly’s website, 94 members of the parliament voted in favor of the decision, with 89 voting against it. The vote took place on Tuesday. The new legislation, proposed by the right-wing Lega dei Ticinesi party, bans […]

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Country: Switzerland
Source: Sputnik

18

Sep

Switzerland to vote on burqa ban

Switzerland could become the latest country to ban facial coverings worn by some Muslim women after activists collected more than the 100,000 signatures required to put the proposal to a national vote. The group, called ‘Yes to a Mask Ban,’ said it will deliver the petition to federal offices in Bern on Friday, setting up […]

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Country: Switzerland
Source: SKY NEWS