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Minority Rights

2019

24

May

67 homeless people died in Brussels in 2018

In 2018, 67 homeless people died in the streets of Brussels, which is 5 more than in 2017. In 2005, when the first memorial service was held, there were only 23 people, said Kris Roels of Collectief Straatdoden to Bruzz. The city of Brussels and Collectief Straatdoden (Street dead collective) organised a memorial service for […]

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Country: Belgium
Source: TRT Haber , Brussels Times

23

May

Birmingham aid worker in Syria stripped of UK citizenship

A veteran aid worker from Birmingham is among scores of British nationals stripped of their citizenship because of suspicion surrounding their activities in Syria, Middle East Eye can reveal. Mohammed Shakiel Shabir, who has been based in opposition-held Idlib province for the past four years, said he had been informed by the government that his […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: MEE

2018

26

Nov

Students protest Greek decision to cut Turkish lessons

Students from a Muslim religious school in northeastern Greece have boycotted the latest curriculum that has reduced Turkish language lessons and Islamic teachings at the school. The Western Thrace region of Greece is home to a Muslim-Turkish minority of around 150,000 people. In a video uploaded on the internet on Sunday, a representative of the […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Sputnik

30

Oct

Turks in Germany demonstrate to protect children’s rights

Turks in Germany’s Düsseldorf rallied to demand that youth offices, which resettle Turkish children who are from unstable families, “preserve the rights of the children.” The demonstrators, who attended the rally in front of a central train station waving Turkish flags, requested that these children be primarily adopted by their relatives or other Turkish families […]

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Country: Germany
Source: Haberler

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

13

Jun

Wilders’ Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest gets green light from Dutch counter-terror agency

The Freedom Party of Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders will hold a competition of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad, it said on Tuesday. The party said the plan to hold the competition in the party’s secure offices in Dutch Parliament had been approved by the Dutch Counter-terrorism Agency NCTV. Wilders’ Freedom Party is the leading […]

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Country: Netherlands
Source: Reuters

04

Jun

Belgian minister with Turkish roots targets Turkish language

New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) parliamentarian Zuhal Demir, who is accused of making PKK propaganda and known for her remarks against Muslims and Turkey, objects to Turkish language lessons given to children of Turkish descent after school. According to a news report published by Het Laatste Nieuws (HLN), around 50 students of Turkish descent in Ghent […]

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Country: Belgium
Source: A News

01

Jun

Germany: Bavaria’s controversial cross rule goes into effect

The southern German state of Bavaria’s decree about hanging crosses in public buildings has gone into effect. The rule, as well as the motives behind it, has left Bavarians and local authorities scratching their heads. Starting on June 1, nearly all state authorities in Bavaria are required to have a cross hanging in their foyers meaning that […]

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Country: Germany
Source: Deutsche Welle

10

May

Muslim teacher banned from wearing headscarf by German court

A Berlin labour court has found the city was right to bar a teacher who wears a Muslim headscarf from teaching primary school classes, rejecting her discrimination complaint. Justice Arne Boyer ruled on Wednesday that the city state’s so-called neutrality law, which bars the wearing of overt religious symbols and clothing for state employees on […]

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Country: Germany
Source: SBS News , Deutsche Welle

25

Apr

German state orders all government buildings to display a Christian cross

A German state has ordered that Christian crosses should be placed on the entrance of all government buildings. Bavaria’s conservative government has said the crosses should not be seen as religious symbols, but are meant to reflect the southern German state’s “cultural identity and Christian-western influence.” Crosses are already compulsory in public schools and courtrooms […]

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Country: Germany
Source: The Independent