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Court moves forward with minaret ban appeals

Opponents of Switzerland’s minaret ban can celebrate a partial victory.

This content was published on May 20, 2010 - 22:44

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has asked Switzerland to respond to appeals filed after the November vote to ban minarets.

The government has until September 15 to present its side.

This first green light marks an important moment, as Geneva lawyer Ridha Ajmi told the Swiss News Agency on Thursday.

Ajmi represents the Muslim groups who filed the appeals.

An earlier report from the Swiss News Agency stated that the court had decided to validate one of the six appeals; this was not accurate.

As Ajmi has pointed out, the court simply decided to seek input from the Swiss government.

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