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French far-right leader Marine Le Pen proposes headscarf ban

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen Friday proposed a ban on Muslim headscarves in all public places, in a bid to build on a record recent poll that put her almost neck-and-neck with President Emmanuel Macron. The hijab policy, which would be contested in court and would almost certainly be ruled unconstitutional, saw the 53-year-old […]

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Country: France
Source: SPUTNIK , DS




French children could get ID numbers to keep them from ‘the clutches of Islamists’

Macron is attempting to tackle what he calls “Islamist separatism” Each child in France will be given an ID number to ensure they are attending school and not in “the clutches of Islamists” under a proposed French law on preventing radicalisation in the wake of a string of attacks. In September, President Emmanuel Macron had […]

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Country: France
Source: , RD



Trump administration plans to expand travel restrictions to seven countries

Donald Trump is planning to add seven countries to his US travel ban, including Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, according to reports. The president told the Wall Street Journal in an interview from Davos, Switzerland, that he wants to extend the controversial ban, but declined to name the countries to be added to the list. The paper and […]

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Country: United States
Source: EN , Independent




The Netherlands implements ‘burqa ban’ in violation of religious freedom

The Netherlands joins a number of other European nations in implementing the controversial law. A large number of people view the ban as a violation of religious freedom. A law that prohibits clothing that “covers the face” from being worn in a variety of public spaces, such as schools, hospitals, public buildings and public transport, […]

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Country: Netherlands
Source: DW , The Guardian



Government restrictions on religion rising in Europe

Government restrictions on religion have increased worldwide over the past decade but particularly in Europe, a new study by the Pew Research centre has found. The Washington-based think-tank surveyed 198 countries for its latest annual report into religious restrictions and found that over the decade between 2007-2017, laws, policies and actions by state officials that restrict […]

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Source: Euro News , Euro News



Quebec passes religious symbols ban

The Canadian province of Quebec has passed a contentious law that bans public sector employees from wearing religious symbols – the Jewish kippah, Sikh turban or Muslim hijab, among others – on the job. The legislation, widely known as Bill 21, passed in a 73-35 vote late on Sunday and takes effect immediately. Quebec’s right-wing […]

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Country: Canada
Source: TRT Haber , Middle East Eye



German official warns Jews against wearing skullcaps in public

A top official in Germany warned the country’s Jewish community on Saturday to avoid wearing the traditional skullcap in public places in certain areas amid a rise in hate crimes. Commissioner Felix Klein was speaking on the rise in anti-Semitic attacks across the country, and told the Funke media group that his opinion on wearing the skullcap […]

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Country: Germany
Source: Euro News , Fox News



Canada’s Quebec to ban public workers from wearing religious symbols

The Canadian province of Quebec will ban public sector employees from wearing religious symbols during work hours, in legislation introduced on Thursday, a controversial move that critics say targets Muslim women who wear hijabs or other head coverings. The proposed law sets the province’s right-leaning Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government on a collision course with Prime Minister […]

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Country: Canada
Source: TRT Haber , TRT World



Central council of Jews calls on German army to restore Jewish chaplaincy

The head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany Josef Schuster called on the German military to offer its Jewish and Muslim members religious service as it does to Christians. In a column in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Schuster wrote that “young Jews…consider Germany to be their home,” adding that it is time to “restore an […]

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Country: Germany
Source: Hürriyet , The Jarusalem Post



In Geneva, the law of secularism was adopted

In the Geneva canton of Switzerland, the law of secularism, which was supposed to target Muslims and headscarved women, was adopted in the referendum. The Grand Assembly of the Canton of Geneva approved the law of secularism, which framed the relationship between long-held states and religions, in the last week of April. Opposition parties and […]

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