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Legal News
9 Oct 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Dutch Public Prosecution Service (OM) [official website, in Dutch] on Thursday summoned for interrogation [press release, in Dutch] far-right politician Geert Wilders [party website] on suspicion of making criminally discriminatory statements regarding Moroccans. According to OM he "is suspected of insulting a group of people based on race … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Dutch prosecutors on Thursday said that more than 5,000 people in the Netherlands have filed complaints against Party for Freedom (PVV) [official website, in Dutch] leader Geert Wilders [official website; JURIST news archive] for discrimination following anti-Moroccan comments Wilders made during municipal election campaigning. Prosecutors are currently reviewing the … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2012
by Jamie Davis

[JURIST] The Cabinet of the Netherlands announced on Friday that a ban on burqas [JURIST news archive] in the Netherlands will go forward later this year. The ban, proposed in September [JURIST report] and heavily supported by Geert Wilders' [personal website; JURIST news archive] anti-Islam Freedom Party, is aimed at … [read more]


Legal News
23 Sep 2011
by John Paul Putney

[JURIST] A French court in Meaux on Thursday fined two Muslim women for violating the controversial French law [materials, in French] that bans wearing full-face veils in public, including the Islamic burqa [JURIST news archive] and niqab [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Although more than 90 women have been cited … [read more]


Legal News
16 Sep 2011
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte [official profile] announced on Friday that the government will propose legislation to ban burqas [JURIST news archive] and other face coverings. The proposal is being submitted in cooperation with conservative politician Geert Wilders [official website, in Dutch; JURIST news archive] and the Party for … [read more]


Legal News
12 Sep 2011
by John Paul Putney

[JURIST] A South African court on Monday found the controversial African National Congress (ANC) [party website; NYT backgrounder] Youth League President Julius Malema [BBC profile] guilty [ruling, text] of hate speech for singing the apartheid-era protest song "Shoot the Boer." Boer is the Afrikaans word for farmer and broadly refers … [read more]


Legal News
19 Aug 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The New South Wales (NSW) [official website] government is set to propose legislation next week that will require anyone wearing face coverings, including religious veils, to remove them if requested by police for identification purposes. Refusal could result in a $220 AUD fine with the worst potential penalties at … [read more]


Legal News
2 Aug 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The Constitutional Affairs Committee [official website, in Italian], an Italian parliamentary commission, on Tuesday approved a draft law [text, PDF, in Italian; SB 2343 materials, in Italian] that bans women from wearing full-face veils, including the Islamic burqa [JURIST news archive] and niqab [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], in … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jul 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Council of Europe (COE) [official website] Human Rights Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg [official profile] on Wednesday condemned [press release] the flurry of burqa [JURIST news archive] and niqab [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] bans that have been implemented recently around the world. Hammarberg said the bans may not conform to … [read more]


Professional Commentary
14 Jul 2011

Gerolf Hagens [Human Rights Section, Kaveity and Kaveity]: Recently, the Royal Dutch Court of Amsterdam rendered a verdict in the case against Geert Wilders. In a previous submission, I wrote that it was going to be very interesting to see whether the court would accept the claim Wilders made, that … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jul 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Belgium's interim cabinet announced via the Belgian Official Journal [official website, in French and Dutch] Thursday that the nation will be officially banning the burqa [EurActiv report]. The Belgian House of Representatives [official website, in French] voted 136-0 to approve the law in April 2010 [JURIST report] and the … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jun 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Dutch politician Geert Wilders [personal website; JURIST news archive] was acquitted of all charges [judgment text, in Dutch] on Thursday, the court finding his anti-Islam statements were not hate speech or discriminatory. Wilders has made several "anti-Islam" comments as a political official, including: several comments similar to "I don't … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jun 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] A French Muslim couple living in the UK filed a challenge Thursday in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] over a French ban [materials, in French] on full face coverings, while a Spanish court upheld a city ban on veils in municipal buildings for identification and … [read more]


Legal News
23 May 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] An Amsterdam court on Monday rejected claims by Dutch politician Geert Wilders [personal website; JURIST news archive] that the hate speech charges [prosecution materials, in Dutch] against him should be dropped over claims of bias. Wilder, a right-wing politician, is on trial for making anti-Islamic statements. The charges against … [read more]


Professional Commentary
15 Apr 2011

Gerolf Hagens [Teamleider, Kaveity and Kaveity]: "The trial against Geert Wilders has received worldwide attention, yet many outsiders are unaware of its underlying issues. From the start, the trial has raised a lot of questions and doubts, both from people who agree with the prosecution of Wilders, as well as … [read more]


Legal News
11 Apr 2011
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] The controversial French law [materials, in French] that bans the wearing of full Muslim veils, including burqas, nigabs and other facial coverings in public took effect [implementation circular, in French] on Monday. Pursuant to the law, people caught wearing facial coverings in public can be fined 150 euros (USD … [read more]


Legal News
30 Mar 2011
by Ashley Hileman

[JURIST] A panel of judges for the Amsterdam District Court on Wednesday ordered that the trial of right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders [personal website; JURIST news archive], on charges [prosecution materials, in Dutch] of making anti-Islamic statements, go ahead over his objections that the court was the improper venue for … [read more]


Legal News
4 Mar 2011
by John Paul Putney

[JURIST] French Prime Minister Francois Fillon [official profile, in French; BBC profile] confirmed in the Official Journal [official website, in French] Thursday that the controversial law [materials, in French] banning the burqa [JURIST news archive] and other face coverings in public places takes force April 11. Violators wearing a face … [read more]


Legal News
7 Feb 2011
by Ashley Hileman

[JURIST] The Amsterdam District Court began the new trial of right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders [personal website; JURIST news archive] Monday after replacing the previous panel of judges. The replacement panel will now hear the case [BBC report] against Wilders, which stems from charges that he made inflammatory statements against … [read more]


Legal News
22 Oct 2010
by LaToya Sawyer

[JURIST] A Dutch court panel on Friday dismissed the presiding judges in the trial of right-wing politician Geert Wilders [personal website; JURIST news archive] in response to claims of judicial bias. Earlier this month, the court rejected Widlers' claims of judicial bias that were fueled by his accusation [JURIST reports] … [read more]

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