UN Watch slams Swiss ban on minarets (European Jewish Press)
Switzerland’s new prohibition against minarets constitutes a breach of the country’s commitment under international human rights treaties to respect equality and freedom of religion
ECRI issues statement on ban of construction of minarets in Switzerland (FOCUS News Agency, Bulgaria)
Strasbourg. The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) wishes to express its deep concern about the results of the Swiss popular initiative which approved the inclusion, in the Federal Constitution, of a new provision banning the construction of minarets, the Council of Europe announced.
Muffled muezzins (Financial Times)
There was a time when Switzerland enjoyed a reputation as a haven of democracy and tolerance in an otherwise benighted Europe. No more: the Swiss have left that image in tatters by voting for a constitutional ban on minarets.
UN to examine legality of Swiss minaret ban (India Business Blog)
Geneva, Nov 30 (DPA) The United Nations said Monday it aimed to study the legality of the ban on the building of new minarets in Switzerland as a result of the country’s referendum on Sunday. A spokesman for the UN High Commission on Human Rights said in Geneva that experts would study whether the ban was in harmony with international law. Source: UN to examine legality of Swiss minaret ban
Swiss minaret ban reflects ‘ignorance’: Indonesia (Ary Hermawan , The Jakarta Post , Jakarta)
Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa Tuesday decried Switzerland’s referendum vote to ban the construction of new mosque minarets in the country, saying it was “discriminatory” and “violated the right to freedom of religion.”
Swiss minarets: is EU following Arabs down path of self-pity and xenophobia? (guardian.co.uk)
Europe and the Arab street are both grappling with a fast-changing world where Asia is becoming more important for the first time in centuries.
Swiss minaret ban discriminates against Muslims: UN expert (Tehran Times Political Desk)
TEHRAN – An independent United Nations expert on religious freedom Monday voiced regret at the Swiss vote to ban the construction of new minarets, stating that such a prohibition clearly discriminates against Muslims, UN Information Center reported.