July 10, 2011
by Aman Kakar
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) rejected two appeals from Swiss Muslims challenging Switzerland's ban on construction of minarets. The court ruled that the appeals were inadmissible because the complaints failed to meet the requirements of Article 35 Section 3 and 4 of the European ...[read more]
November 29, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On November 29, 2009, Swiss voters approved a constitutional ban on the construction of minarets by a margin of 57.5 to 42.5 percent. The initiative was originally sponsored by the anti-immigrant Swiss People's Party (SVP). The ban was later challenged in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), ...[read more]
December 16, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The lawyer for a Swiss Muslim said Wednesday that his client has filed a complaint at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) challenging Switzerland's recent vote to ban the construction of minarets. Hafid Ouardiri, a former spokesman at the Geneva Mosque, alleges that the ban violates his r... ...[read more]
December 7, 2009
by Matt Glenn
A group of Swiss intellectuals on Sunday called for a reversal of Switzerland's recent vote to ban the construction of minarets. The Swiss intellectual group Club Helvetique told a Swiss newspaper that they plan to institute a new referendum to overturn the ban imposed through a referendum last... ...[read more]
December 2, 2009
by Amelia Mathias
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday condemned Switzerland's ban on building minarets, a type of tower associated with Islamic mosques. The ban, which was approved Sunday with 57.5 percent of the vote and the majority of Swiss cantons, was put forth by conservative polit... ...[read more]
July 9, 2008
by Deirdre Jurand
Two Swiss nationalist parties gathered enough signatures on their initiative against the construction of minarets to force a national referendum on whether the country's constitution should be amended to ban the structures, the Swiss government announced Tuesday. Officials for the right-wing Swi... ...[read more]

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