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Twelve months after a nationwide vote which came out in favour of banning the construction of minarets, the town's mayor is rather unhappy about the continuing publicity while the business community appears to ignore the controversy...It had already
21 GMT Font size : The Council of Europe calls on Switzerland to lift the ban on building minarets in the country, describing it as a discriminatory measure. Swiss minaret ban, which was imposed in 2009, AFP reported on Wednesday.
Their comments come six months after the ban on the construction of minarets was voted in by 57.5 per cent of the electorate. The minaret initiative was the first in the history of Swiss democracy to be discussed more after the vote than before, says
Swiss voters' decision to ban the construction of minarets on November 29, 2009 sparked worldwide criticism from Muslim groups, governments, the United Nations and the Council of Europe and praise from the European right wing. After the initial wave
Vox Analysis, a study regularly done after nationwide referendums to understand voter choices, found that the vote was not against Muslims or foreigners in principle. The authors said Swiss xenophobia was not the main reason why the ban on the
I am stunned that the company Trijicon was and is putting Biblical references “scripture verse” on the gun scopes and other parts they make. Then I am further amazed that ABC rushed to break the news. Again
Most commentators wondered what could have pushed the Swiss to vote as they did, and what the consequences would be for a country that found itself attracting criticism from all sides, including from the United Nations and the European Union. The
Ali cited other examples of challenges faced by European Muslims, including French resistance to burkas worn by some Muslim women, and opposition in parts of Europe to Turkish membership in the European Union. President Barack Obama to denounce the
The Swiss vote to ban minarets reflects the fears of many Europeans but has tarnished the country's reputation, many international commentators believe. "The irrational fear of Islam has struck once again in Europe," said the French Libération
In Switzerland, there seems to be a general concern in the media that the vote (57.5 per cent in favour of the ban) could lead to reprisals from Muslims. The Fribourg newspaper La Liberté says Switzerland might have to pay for a "democratic luxury". "