Europe: The Council of Europe asks Switzerland to repeal its ban on minarets

Source: FSSPX News

On June 23 the Council of Europe asked Switzerland to repeal its ban on minarets “as soon as possible”, claiming that this article of the Constitution “discriminates against Muslim communities”.  This legislation, however, had been adopted on November 29, 2009, by 57.5% of voters in a popular referendum.  At the conclusion of a debate on “Islam, Islamism and Islamophobia in Europe” the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) voted to make this recommendation, which was approved by 89 votes without opposition, explaining that “the construction of minarets must be possible, on the same grounds as the construction of bell-towers, while respecting the conditions of public safety and urban planning.”  Last May a Muslim association had filed a complaint of discrimination with the European Court of Human Rights, which has not yet taken a position.  (Sources:  apic/AFP – DICI no. 218 dated July 10, 2010)

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