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Freedom of Religion

2018

07

Nov

Political exclusion of conservative Muslims in Europe

The representation of diverse groups in politics and policy-making process constitutes one of the pillars of democratic regimes. Yet, Muslim minorities of European countries face a considerable lack of political representation. Only a few of conservative Muslims manage to get a position in national politics and legislative institutions. Moreover, the presence of Muslim deputies in […]

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Source: SETA

30

Oct

Italy’s League blocks Muslims from buying and converting chapel

Italy’s far-right League party intervened on October 28 to block efforts by a Muslim association to turn a former hospital chapel into a mosque. The Muslim group last week made the highest offer for the chapel in the northern city of Bergamo at an auction organized by a local hospital, outbidding the Romanian Orthodox Church which […]

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Country: Italy
Source: Reuters , TRT Haber

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