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Freedom of Religion

2018

11

Oct

Germany prepares to ban Turkish imams

German Interior Ministry sent out invitations to all religious groups in Germany convening them in Berlin on October 16th to discuss the working conditions of foreign religious workers. However, certain words on the invitation made the leaders of the Turkish Muslim community to believe Germany is about to ban Imams coming to Germany to work […]

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Country: Germany
Source: Diaspora Daily

05

Oct

Swedish far-right party submits motion calling for circumcision ban

A leader of the right-wing populist Sweden Democrats party submitted a draft motion calling for a ban on non-medical circumcision of boys, which the text defined as “backward” child abuse. Sweden Democrats Secretary Richard Jomshof on Wednesday submitted the draft for a nonbinding motion on circumcision to the Riksdag, the Swedish parliament, where his party […]

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Country: Sweden
Source: The Times of Israel , Haberler

04

Oct

US mosque faces restrictions on daily prayers

Hundreds of Muslims on Wednesday flocked to Virginia in support of a mosque’s request to be allowed to conduct basic religious services. A public hearing was held in Fairfax County to decide whether an amendment requested by the Mclean Islamic Center (MIC) should be approved. The amendment calls for the mosque to extend its hours […]

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Country: United States
Source: Anadolu Agency

26

Sep

Danish police investigate officer who hugged niqab-wearing protester

A Copenhagen policewoman is being investigated for embracing a niqab-wearing protester during a demonstration against a ban on face veils, the force’s complaints body said on Wednesday. The incident, in which the protester appeared to be crying, was captured by a Reuters photographer on August 1 when a countrywide ban on the wearing of face veils in public took effect. The […]

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Country: Denmark
Source: The Express Tribune , Sputnik

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

05

Sep

Turkish tourist fined for wearing burqa in Denmark

Police in Denmark say they fined a Turkish tourist 1,000 kroner ($155) after she entered a police station to renew her visa wearing a full-face covering. Police in Aarhus, western Denmark, say the 48-year-old woman wasn’t aware of Denmark’s recent law that makes it unlawful to wear such garments in public. The much-debated “burqa ban” prohibits garments covering the […]

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Country: Denmark
Source: Hurriyet Daily News , NTV

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

14

Aug

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

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

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