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Islamophobia

2018

09

Oct

Italy’s League calls for burqa ban on moms picking up kids from school

Deputies from the far-right League party in northern Italy have announced plans to ban mothers from wearing Islamic veils, such as the burqa and niqab, when picking up their children from school. Simona Pergreffi and Daniele Belotti, League deputies in Bergamo province, called for the ban, citing the security need for people in schools to […]

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Country: Italy
Source: Daily Sabah

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

13

Sep

Muslim woman says TSA subjected her to inappropriate search

A Muslim woman has filed a complaint against the Transportation Security Administration alleging that a search she was subjected to at Boston’s airport “bordered on sexual assault.” The complaint was filed with the TSA on Wednesday by the Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The complaint says the 54-year-old woman who wears a […]

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Country: United States
Source: AP

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

31

Aug

German politician Thilo Sarrazin ‘is fuelling fear of Muslims’

Critics say a new book by the controversial German writer and politician Thilo Sarrazin could further embolden the far right and fuel an upsurge in neo-Nazi violence. Called Hostile Takeover: How Islam Obstructs Progress and Threatens Society, it warns that Muslims will be the majority group in Germany within two or three generations and calls for […]

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Country: Germany
Source: The Times

28

Aug

Muslim woman forced to show bloody menstrual pad to TSA agents

A woman claims she was forced to show her bloody sanitary pad to US airport officials as she was traveling from Boston to Washington DC. Harvard graduate Zainab Merchant, 27, who is based in Orlando Florida, was travelling to a speaking engagement when the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) patted her down. The writer told HuffPost that when as […]

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Country: United States
Source: Mirror

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

09

Aug

Boris Johnson says burkas make women look like ‘bank robbers and letter boxes’

Former UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson attacked the dress of Muslim women in a newspaper column on 6th of August, but he’s insisted that Britain shouldn’t join other countries in banning them in public. Writing in the Daily Telegraph he mocked the dress and branded it “oppressive” – saying Denmark had got it wrong to bring in the […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: The Sun , Euronews